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"Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? ... I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding" (Job chapters 38-41)

"all things were created by him and for him: and He is before all things, and by him all things consist" (Colossians 1:15-17).
"While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease" (Genesis 8:21-22).
"And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new" (Revelation 21:1,5a).

Deep Ecology
and Population Control

Quotations and Comments

Deep Ecology Population Control: Articles   |   Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development   |   Environmentalism: Index of Quotations

Environmentalism: Index of Articles   |   Environmentalism: Websites and Materials   |   Environmentalism: Some Scriptures


"In 1798, the Rev Thomas Malthus predicted civilisation in the UK would collapse through mass starvation by the mid-19th century because the population was growing faster than food production. Just as he spoke, the first fruits of the Industrial Revolution were ripening, with a trebling of the efficiency of farms through the use of machines. On Earth day in 1970, several predictions were made by learned men, of which here are just two: 'Civilisation will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind' (George Wald, Harvard biologist).  'By [1975], some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s' (Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist).  As a deep sceptic of such dire predictions, I have history on my side..." [Prof Michael Kelly, letter to the Listener, date?].

"Extermination must be put on a scientific basis if it is ever to be carried out humanely and apologetically as well as thoroughly ... If we desire a certain type of civilisation and culture we must exterminate the sort of people who do not fit into it"
[George Bernard Shaw, 1933].

"Childbearing [should be] a punishable crime against society, unless the parents hold a government license. ... All potential parents [should be] required to use contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing"
[David Brower, founder of Friends of the Earth, and first Executive Director of the Sierra Club, source].

"The earth has cancer and the cancer is Man"
[Club of Rome, Mankind at the Turning Point, quoted at: source].

"A cancer is an uncontrolled multiplication of cells; the population explosion is an uncontrolled multiplication of people. We must shift our efforts from the treatment of the symptoms to the cutting out of the cancer. The operation will demand many apparently brutal and heartless decision"
[Professor Paul Ehrlich, The Population Bomb, quoted at: source].

"How do we go about [population control]? Many of my colleagues feel that some sort of compulsory birth regulation would be necessary to achieve such control. One plan often mentioned involves the addition of temporary sterilants to water supplies or staple food. Doses of the antidote would be carefully rationed by the government to produce the desired population size"
[Professor Paul Ehrlich, The Population Bomb, p.135].

"[T]he resultant ideal sustainable population is hence more than 500 million but less than one billion" [Club of Rome, Goals for Mankind, quoted at: source].

"The extinction of Homo Sapiens would mean survival for millions, if not billions, of Earth-dwelling species. Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on Earth - social and environmental"
[Ingrid Newkirk, former President of PETA, quoted at: source].

"If I were reincarnated I would wish to be returned to earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels"
[Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, founder of the World Wildlife Fund, source].

"We in the Green Movement aspire to a cultural model in which killing a forest will be considered more contemptible and more criminal than the sale of 6-year-old children to Asian brothels"
[Carl Amery (Christian Anton Mayer), environmental activist, source].

"Environmentalism has over the last two decades perverted itself to the point where it's become a pseudo religion, a cult worshipping the almighty god Gaia, who must be protected from the innate evil of humanity. When it comes down to a choice between us and Gaia, the cultists are quite prepared to sacrifice us on the altar of their beliefs. Let malaria kill millions of people yearly in the developing world, even though we could eradicate it there, like we did in our world, with DDT. Let people die of starvation because we've switched from growing staples to bio fuel crops; it's to protect Gaia after all. Let other human beings live in the cold and darkness because we don't think they should have electricity generation plants, though we do. Let them starve and die because we don't think they should have disease resistant bioengineered crops, though we do. It's all about returning the Kingdom of Gaia, that's to say the Earth, to some ideal balanced state ... To achieve it, the whole of humanity is ultimately seen as expendable. As religions go, it reminds me inescapably of the industrial scale bloodbaths of human sacrifice that the pre-Colombian civilisations of South America indulged in; and it's just as pointless and ineffective. ... Two decades ago I was an environmentalist but not today. ... What little good it now does is far outweighed by its crimes against humanity. It kills the most vulnerable of us, so we must kill it stone dead"

"What [the Club of Rome] don't tell you in all these flowery statements about Gaia and global consciousness is that in order to rejoin ' the commonwealth of all creatures' we are going to have to endure an 'wrenching transformation' which will include the culling of 5 billion humans. Somehow I don't think the CoR elitists will be the ones who have to die, it will be us useless eaters. The whole Gaia, Global Warming, Global Governance, Global Consciousness agenda is just a neo-pagan death cult disguised as science and New Age philosophy"

"Congratulations to The Independent newspaper for exposing what looks very much like 'genocide' - the deliberate abortion of girls for the crime of not being boys - now going on in this country [UK]. I once saw this in action in China, in schools on Hainan island where there were hardly any girls in classes. It's doubly barbaric, and we mustn't allow it here"
[Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday, 19 January 2014].




Three Views of the Earth
Berit Kjos (1992)

Deep Ecology (Biocentric)

Humanist Green Activism (Anthropocentric)

Christian Stewardship (Theocentric)




Mother Earth evolved, and nurtures and organizes her parts

Earth and man evolved by chance

God created the earth and its inhabitants

Humans and animals are expressions of Mother Earth

Human animals are responsible for earth

God told His people to use and care for the earth

Wisdom from Nature

Wisdom from self

Wisdom from God (the Bible)

Connect with Gaia through ritual, celebration, drugs, meditation, sex

Connect with nature through human mind, emotions, experience

Commune with God through prayer, praise, biblical meditation

Help Earth save herself by hearing her spirit and heeding her wisdom (spiritism)

Save Earth by trusting human nature

Care for the earth by trusting God's Word, receiving His strength and guidance





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Elizabeth McDonald