First Earth Day Predictions

1970, the first Earth Day. Environmentalists put fourth their grim predictions.

1: “Civilization Will End Within 15 Or 30 Years”
Harvard biologist Dr. George Wald warned that civilization would soon end “unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”

2: “100-200 Million People Per Year Will Be Starving To Death During The Next Ten Years”
Stanford professor Dr. Paul Ehrlich declared that mass starvation was imminent.
His dire predictions failed to materialize as the number of people living in poverty has significantly declined and the amount of food per person has steadily increased.

3: “Population Will Inevitably And Completely Outstrip Food Supplies.
Paul Ehrlich has consistently failed to revise his predictions when confronted with the fact that they did not occur.”

4: “Demographers Agree Almost Unanimously that in Thirty Years, The Entire World Will Be In Famine.”
Environmentalists truly believed in a scientific consensus predicting global famine due to population growth in the developing world, especially in India.

“Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions,” Peter Gunter, a professor at North Texas State University, said ”By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.”

5: “In A Decade, Urban Dwellers Will Have To Wear Gas Masks To Survive Air Pollution”
Life magazine stated that scientist had “solid experimental and theoretical evidence” to believe that “in a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution… by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching Earth by one half.”

6: “Childbearing [Will Be] A Punishable Crime Against Society, Unless The Parents Hold A Government License.”
David Brower, the first executive director of The Sierra Club made the above claim and went on to say that “all potential parents [should be] required to use contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing.”
Brower was also essential in founding Friends of the Earth.

7: “By The Year 2000 … There Won’t Be Any More Crude Oil.”
On Earth Day in 1970 ecologist Kenneth Watt famously predicted that the world would run out of oil saying, “You’ll drive up to the pump and say, ‘Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, ‘I am very sorry, there isn’t any.”

Just an old guys opinion but I believe mankind and planet earth are more resourceful and more resilient than the Doom and Groomers think.

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8 responses to “First Earth Day Predictions

  1. Not good thinking on the part of those who predict! Made interesting reading though.


  2. Have never paid heed to the endless stream of prognosticators. They’re like weathermen. 🙂

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  3. And how many times was the “End of the World” predicted, and the date came and went and we’re still here.

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  4. interesting information… never thought we should all be starving by now…

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  5. We still see tourists from Asia wearing anti pollution masks around London and Canterbury! I guess the filter on those stops working before the day’s end, so they may be of little use. – and perhaps the dire warnings have helped stop some of the problems by getting people to think through and set up long-term, small-scale solutions in a spirit like your own mend-and-make-do attitude. WT.


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