Leading up to the 2014 Earth Day celebration, this week Californians for Population Stabilization launched a series of television ads in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. The ads will be broadcast on multiple stations in each market through April 22, Earth Day.
CAPS’ primary goal is to raise awareness about the environmental consequences of over-immigration and over-population on the state’s limited land and water supplies. CAPS also wants to help restore Earth Day to its 1970s prominence when concerned Americans worried about preserving the nation’s precious resources. The gradual loss of political momentum on environmental issues has coincided with accelerated ecological decline.
The TV ads feature a child asking the audience: “If Californians are having fewer children, why are there so many cars?” … “If Californians are having fewer children, why isn’t there enough water?” The last question is: “If Californians are having fewer children, where are all the people coming from?”
The answer is directly related to immigration. Based on data from the California Department of Finance’s, between 2000 and 2010 California’s population grew by 3.4 million.The state is expected to add another 13 million people by 2050. However, native-born Californians are having fewer children than in the past. According to the U.S. Census Bureau and California Department of Public Health statistics, the state’s population growth is driven by mass immigration and births to immigrants. From 2000 to 2010, 2.6 million people immigrated to California, and immigrant mothers gave birth to 2.4 million children.
The undeniable link between population growth and environmental degradation has been made in countless demographic studies including one this month from World Population Awareness. As Californians have sadly witnessed, more people means more cars, trucks and buses on our roads and more air pollution. More parking lots, schools, hospitals and high-rise condominiums mean less green spaces and more sprawl. More chemicals, trash and runoff cascading down super sewers into our streams, lakes and oceans mean more damage to California’s biodiversity hot spots; and more people means more pressure on declining water supplies.
CAPS encourages slowing mass immigration which will also slow population growth and thereby save of California for tomorrow. To understand what’s at stake, look at CAPS “Then and Now” project that compares California in 1940 to today’s California.