NPG Recommends the New Autobiography of Lester Brown.


NPG is pleased to recommend Breaking New Ground:  A Personal History, the autobiography of global environmental activist Lester Brown.  Praised by the Washington Post as “one of the world’s most influential thinkers,” he is the winner of multiple honorary awards and has published several works on the global environmental movement.  Brown’s efforts – including his founding of both the Worldwatch Institute and Earth Policy Institute – have long been praised by NPG.  In 1997, Brown was a keynote speaker at a joint NPG and FAIR press conference titled Reinventing Malthus for the 21st Century, which centered on John Rohe’s book A Bicentennial Malthusian Essay.  A McArthur Fellow award winner and recipient of the United Nations Environmental Prize, Brown’s history of activism is sure to be a fascinating and educational tale.



It would be relatively easy for the U.S. to achieve a negative rate of population growth. But to do so we must first be willing to address the only two factors that cause our present growth: fertility and immigration.

If almost all couples had no more than two children, and if we reduced immigration to not over 200,000 a year, our population would soon stop growing and then begin a gradual decline before stabilizing at a sustainable level of around 150 million.

By contrast, we are now heading rapidly toward disaster. Our population growth is destroying our environment, our resources, and our standard of living. If mass immigration is allowed to continue, the Census Bureau projects our U.S. population will grow to 417 million people by 2060 – reaching over half a billion by the end of this century.

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