My Complaint To The David Suzuki Foundation

Policy Change Request For David Suzuki Foundation

Dear David Suzuki Foundation Policy Makers c/o Ms Shannon Moore,

On November 21, 2008 I phoned The David Suzuki Foundation and spoke to Ms Shannon Moore.

I told Ms Shannon Moore that I believe it is inexcusable in today’s age of extreme human overpopulation for an environmental organization to not present solutions to stop and reverse population growth loud and clear on their website.

The logic I explained to Ms Shannon Moore is as follows:

FORMULA:
Environmental Impact = Population X Per Capita Consumption

ASSUMING THAT:
The David Suzuki Foundation intends to propose effective solutions for stopping humanity’s Environmental Impact from increasing.

GIVEN THAT:
The David Suzuki Foundation has repeatedly proposed reducing Per Capita Consumption but never proposed reducing Population.

THEREFORE:
The David Suzuki Foundation is fundamentally flawed because no matter how much Per Capita Consumption is reduced, Environmental Impact will increase until Population growth is stopped.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT:
1)
If the David Suzuki Foundation’s goal is to reduce humanity’s Environmental Impact, stopping Population growth is required.
2) Since humanity has deeply overshot the earth’s long-term productive capacity, reducing our Population to a tiny fraction of its present level is in our best interests.
3) Reducing our Population is easy to achieve one country at a time by lowering immigration intake and implementing a taxation-and-bonus system designed to lower the birth rate.

FURTHERMORE:
Designating more acres as protected is not a solution because history has proven that National Parks and Provincial Parks will be compromised by the demands of a growing Population once it has exhausted the resources from non-protected areas. (Every year, more acres are designated as protected, but every year the environment worsens overall.)

Ms Shannon Moore asked me “So you want to reduce Canada’s immigration?”

I replied, “Yes”

She replied, “How does that help reduce the global Population?”

I replied, “By refusing to let other overpopulated countries export their excess Population into our land and by reducing our own Population to inspire other countries to do the same.”

I also explained that immigrants into Canada invariably increase their ecological footprint upon arrival and they also increase their fertility above the global average upon arrival. (See “Canadian Environmental Myths” by Brishen Hoff)

Ms Shannon Moore asked me to send her my solutions via e-mail and promised to forward them to the policy-makers at the David Suzuki Foundation. Here they are:

SOLUTION PROPOSAL #1: (To stop Environmental Impact from growing)

GOAL: To stop our environment from getting worse.

OBSERVATION: If Population growth continues, our environment is guaranteed to get worse because Per Capita Consumption cannot be reduced to zero.

GOAL: Stop Population growth and reduce Per Capita Consumption as much as possible.

OSERVATION: Global Population growth cannot easily be stopped immediately because Population policy resides at the national level.

SOLUTION: We must stop Population growth nationally first in our own country in hopes that other countries will follow our leadership. (“Think globally, act locally!”)

METHODOLOGY: Reduce immigration intake and implement a taxation-and-bonus system designed to lower the birth rate. Outlaw certain forms of conspicuous consumption.

MY PREFERRED SOLUTION PROPOSAL #2: (To reduce Environmental Impact)

GOAL: Increase environmental integrity

OBSERVATION: If Population growth continues, our environment is guaranteed to get worse because Per Capita Consumption cannot be reduced to zero.

GOAL: Reduce Population and reduce Per Capita Consumption as much as possible.

OSERVATION: Global Population cannot easily be reduced immediately because Population policy resides at the national level.

SOLUTION: We must reduce Population nationally first in our own country in hopes that other countries will follow our leadership. (“Think globally, act locally!”) We must identify an optimum Population for Canada. This will be our target and our ultimate goal. I have done so here. I encourage the David Suzuki Foundation to arrive at their own estimate of what Canada’s optimum Population is and release it to the public on their website.

METHODOLOGY: Reduce immigration intake and implement a taxation-and-bonus system designed to lower the birth rate. Outlaw certain forms of conspicuous consumption.

Sincerely,

Brishen Hoff
President of Biodiversity First

P.S. I have placed this on my blog to create a public record of this inquiry. I feel that this is justified given the severity of our environmental situation and the desperate need for an effective solution: http://ecologicalcrash.blogspot.com/2008/11/policy-change-request-for-david-suzuki.html

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UPDATE (REPLY RECEIVED NOV 21, 2008):

It looks like The David Suzuki Foundation has decided to continue their strategy of polishing the furniture in a burning house. The more the population grows, the more the David Suzuki Foundation will attempt to reduce each person’s footprint all while watching humanity’s total footprint grow.

Apparently their public relations staff have determined that they’ll get more donations if they keep quiet about the fact that the primary cause of environmental degradation is population growth and that population growth is easily preventable with straightforward government policy changes.

An environmental organization that is totally unbothered by exponential population growth? What the hell!?!? And humans are supposed to be the intelligent species? I guess that doesn’t apply to most of us — certainly not the David Suzuki Foundation…

Subject: RE: Policy Change Request For David Suzuki Foundation
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 17:09:12 -0800
From: contact@davidsuzuki.org
To: brishen_hoff@hotmail.com

Dear Brishen,

We appreciate your concern for nature. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources, or staff available to work on issues that we are not already involved in, and so are unable to focus on the issue of population specifically at this point in time. There are organizations that are already working on this topic, including Population Connection (https://vanmail.davidsuzuki.org/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.populationconnection.org/).

We encourage you to take further action and campaign for what you believe in. We wish you the best and thank you for your efforts to protect nature. Sincerely,

Contact Coorespondant

The David Suzuki Foundation
2211 West 4th Ave, Suite 219
Vancouver, BC
V6K 4S2
CANADA
Phone: 604-732-4228
Fax: 604-732-0752
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/

Join David Suzuki’s Nature Challenge: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/NatureChallenge/

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