Move Upstream: A Call to Solve Overpopulation

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Media Type: Book - Recent

Date of Publication: November 3, 2015

Year of Publication: 2015

Publication City: Farmington, MN

Publisher: Freethought House

Author(s): Karen I. Shragg

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MoveUpstream_KIShragg_FreethoughtHouseKaren I. Shragg urges social and environmental activists to turn their attention and actions upstream:

“Working on downstream issues, such as saving the environment, feeding the hungry, and ending homelessness, is noble but ineffective and inefficient without also working to solve the primary cause of these and other important issues.” —Freethought House

You can learn more about the book and author through the publisher, Freethought HouseMove Upstream is available for purchase through Freethought House,, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million. You can also see if it is available for sale at your local independent bookstore via IndieBound or for lending at your nearby library.

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  • Arnold J. Byron

    We need to heed Pope Francis who in his encyclical to the environment called for a true world political authority to be in charge, to tell everyone what to do and to see that those things are done. This sounds a lot like an authoritarian father ordering his children to do their chores; but, I think you will agree that this is what needs to be done so that everyone will work together and get the work done. People need to be told what to do. A true world political authority is needed.

    Solar panels are being put onto roofs to generate electricity for the electrical grid. This is good. I have solar panels on my house. I am lucky to be able to afford to buy the panels from a private manufacture and have them installed by a private contractor. If we are going to install enough alternative energy so that the alternative energy infrastructure is large enough to replace all of the fossil fuel we are going to need solar panels on houses where the owners cannot afford them. The job will never get done because we need a true world political authority with the power to force the nations of the world to use their tax money or gather up tax haven money to build an infrastructure that will be large enough.

    This will not happen if everything is left to be done on a voluntary basis. The nations of the world need to join together to create a temporary world government and to give that temporary government everything it needs to solve global warming. Once global warming is solved then the temporary government can be disbanded. The nations of the world will have to become contrite and circumspect, because the temporary government they create will have been given the power to order the nations to act and expect them to obey.

    Without a true world political authority to tell us what to do we will continue to stumble and fumble willy-nilly and nothing will get done.