FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Diana Hull, Ph.D.
ADS ASK ENVIRONMENTALISTS TO CONSIDER IMMIGRATION DRIVEN POPULATION GROWTH’S EFFECTS ON NATURAL TREASURES
-- The Primary Factor Driving Future U.S. Population Growth Is Immigration --
SANTA BARBARA, CA. – August 11, 2008 – Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) has launched a radio campaign in California linking population growth to environmental degradation. The ads make the point that immigration is the number one factor driving California and U.S. population growth. The radio spots are running in areas with high concentrations of environmentally sensitive Californians.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, mass immigration is the number one factor driving population growth in California and America today. The Pew Hispanic Research Center projects that 82% of all population growth in the U.S. between 2005 and 2050 will be a result of immigration and births to immigrants. “In the last decade these factors have accounted for nearly 100% of California’s population growth,” according to Diana Hull, President of CAPS.
Hull commented, “If we want to start healing our environment, we’ve got to slow population growth. More people mean more cars, more sprawl, higher energy demands, more air pollution, more demand for water and more paved-over farmland.” Hull continued, “With America’s population growing at its current rate, every time we make an environmental gain, our population increases and the gains are erased. Reducing immigration is the key to slowing future population growth and recapturing the momentum in the battle to save California’s natural treasures. It’s time for California to lead the rest of the country on this issue.”
The radio ad identifies the real “inconvenient truth” as the fact that population growth and environmental degradation are related, “people drive cars, create sprawl, destroy forests and pollute.” The ad goes on to illustrate the correlation between California’s population growth and energy consumption over the last 30 years and concludes by acknowledging that rolling back mass immigration is tough for “compassionate Californians” to swallow. “But there are times” Hull stated “when hard choices must be made for the greater good.”
For more information about CAPS, visit www.CAPSweb.org.
To listen to the radio ad, click here.