“We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation,” wrote Washington University biologist Barry Commoner for the Earth Day issue of “Environment,” a scientific journal.
“Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make,” Ehrlich said.
“The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.”
“It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,” Denis Hayes, said an aide to Nelson, the chief organizer for the first Earth Day.
“Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: In five years, widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread within 15 years to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa.
“In 30 years, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions . . . the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.”
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