Leon Kolankiewicz

Overpopulation and the Ocean

By Leon Kolankiewicz
February 6, 2012

“We all live in a yellow submarine…” crooned the homely voice of Ringo Starr 45 years ago in a Beatles song of the same name.

In fact, of course, not a single human being actually lives permanently in or atop the oceans, submarine or no. If one doesn’t count the tens of thousands of sailors, crews, and passengers transiting the seas at any one moment, the human population density of the vast oceans per se is literally zero persons per square mile.

Cassandra’s Heirs – Can We Improve on Her Fate?

By Leon Kolankiewicz
CAPS Senior Writing Fellow
January 5, 2012

Twenty-seven years ago, at a 1985 conference in Texas, prominent activists and academics convened to consider the planet’s plight and their own. The planet’s plight included the impending, overpopulation-related calamities of climate change, threatened food supplies, depletion of energy resources, an epidemic of extinctions, acid rain, toxic wastes, and nuclear warfare, among others.

The “Age of Man” or a Flash in the Pan?

By Leon Kolankiewicz
October 31, 2011

Has Planet Earth been profoundly altered by 7 billion human beings and our ever more potent tools and technology? Could evidence of our presence be discerned by a hypothetical geologist probing and poking rock strata 100 million years from now?

Socially Conscious Mothers - or Environmentally Clueless Mothers?

By Leon Kolankiewicz
October 14, 2011

CAPS vice-president Ben Zuckerman is no stranger to protests. The UCLA emeritus professor of physics and astronomy is a board member of Captain Paul Watson’s Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which among other eco-exploits, sends ships and crews into harm’s way in the frigid Antarctic Ocean protesting the slaughter of great whales by the Japanese. These eco-adventures on the high seas have been chronicled in Animal Planet’s TV series “Whale Wars.”

Population matters to Population Matters – and it should to all of us

By Leon Kolankiewicz
October 14, 2011

The United Nations has designated October 31st, 2011 as the day on which the earth’s human population officially reaches 7 billion. Around the world, the media’s image-hungry camera lenses will point and click en masse at a bawling baby chosen to symbolize this dubious milestone.

Conservation Legends Decry Overpopulation

By Leon Kolankiewicz
March 21, 2011

In recent weeks, two conservation giants – American Dave Foreman and Englishman Sir David Attenborough – have denounced the threat human overpopulation poses to untrammeled nature and biodiversity. They have also questioned why so many continue to downplay and dismiss the menace it represents.

If Illegal Immigrants Are Undocumented Immigrants, Then Poachers Are Undocumented Hunters

By Leon Kolankiewicz, CAPS Senior Writing Fellow
October 11, 2010

In his brilliant 1946 essay “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell famously wrote, “In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.”

The Ties that Bind: Population, Water, Energy, and Food

By Leon Kolankiewicz
September 13, 2010

What happens when a seemingly unstoppable force hurtles headlong into a truly immovable object? As their already enormous populations continue to grow recklessly, heedless of any and all looming limits, 39 million Californians and 310 million Americans are about to learn the answer to this ancient riddle.

We will learn the hard way that something has to give in such a collision. And it won’t be the implacable natural limits into which we’ve slammed.

Catholics and Immigration: The pulpit is out of touch with the pews…and reality

By Leon Kolankiewicz
May 21, 2010

When Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed S.B. 1070 into law recently, codifying the novel concept that illegal immigration is – God forbid – illegal, and thus unacceptable in any society based on the rule of law, Cardinal Roger Mahoney of the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese accused Arizonans of acting like Nazis.

One would’ve thought Arizona officials were preparing the ovens and gas chambers, or that detention and deportation equal torture and genocide.

Immigration, Population Growth, and Environmentalist Hypocrisy on the Border Fence

By Leon Kolankiewicz
August 5, 2009

The Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife and other environmental groups have condemned the fence under construction along the U.S.-Mexican border. They claim it will disturb the habitat and movements of sensitive wildlife like pygmy owls and jaguars. And they allege it may only drive illegal immigrants into still remoter, more ecologically fragile terrain.