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Sustainable Society: A society that balances the environment, other life forms, and human interactions over an indefinite time period.
Proposal for a National Optimum Population Commission
Proposal for a National Optimum Population Commission (NOPC)*
This national commission, to be chaired by the Vice President, would analyze and debate the question, "What is our optimum population?" After a 2 to 3 year information-gathering period, the commission would summarize the input and then design a package of non-coercive educational, legislative, and public policy initiatives to place the USA on the path, during a long transitional time of 100-125 years, to achieving an optimum, sustainable population.
Commission members, chosen by the Vice President, would receive input from:
Historically we have thought we should do whatever we could do, with little regard for long-term consequences. We must now consider making profound changes specially in the U.S.-in our lifestyle and in the ways we "do business with" the planetary resources that support us. By integrating the political, social, environmental and psychological effects of population pressure, this commission would involve us in a process to determine what is essential for our collective well-being.
By focusing on the search for optimum, NOPC would not be computing a "magic number" to be coercively applied, but rather determining the criteria for judging sustainability that is most likely to insure long-term success.
Now! Write the Vice President urging establishment of a National Optimum
Population Commission. Future generations will thank you. Mail to: M. Boyd
Wilcox, 1070 SE Denman Avenue, Corvallis, OR 97333.
Vice President's Request Letter
Vice President Richard Cheney
Most of the major issues this nation is struggling to address-health care, jobs, natural-resource management, inner city conflicts, economic progress, alienation, loss of personal freedoms, the dilution of democracy, national unity and security, and overall quality of life including multiple issues of scale and complexity-areheavily impacted by population pressure. We ask that you begin to reverse this nation's denial toward the issue of population pressure, and move expeditiously to establish a National Optimum Population Commission (NOPC).
We appreciate this administration's willingness to deal with difficult and complex issues and we realize the NOPC process will not be easy. But it will be far more difficult if we allow our population future to be decided by default, which is our present course. Furthermore, the expertise developed through engaging a NOPC would be a most valuable tool for helping any nation or bioregion to determine its optimum, sustainable population. This could truly be a worldwide precedent for promoting sustainability.
Please initiate a National Optimum Population Commission. We would appreciate a reply to this request.
Hopefully and sincerely yours,
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