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Negative Population Growth is Recruiting Environmentalists


Rebecca Poswolsky • Oct 04, 2010

The anti-immigrant movement is attempting inroads into the environmental movement yet again.  This time, Negative Population Growth (NPG) has taken up the torch.  NPG is campaigning for both a National Population Policy and a “sustainable society.”  NPG begins its open letter to environmentalists, “It’s a proven fact in politics that there’s power in numbers.”  According to NPG, this message is being spread, “to hundreds of environmental groups throughout the U.S. – both large and small – inviting them to join us in co-sponsoring a set of powerful media ads to get members of Congress, policymakers, and other elected leaders focused on the critical need for a National Population Policy.”  So why are environmentalists being recruited to pushing for a National Population Policy?

Not surprisingly, white nationalist John Tanton, the architect of the modern day anti-immigrant movement, has helped NPG channel environmental concerns into bigotry and racism. Tanton launched Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and U.S. Inc. 30 years ago.  From there, he has seeded most of today’s anti-immigration groups, including Negative Population Growth (NPG), Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR), NumbersUSA and the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).

NPG also states,

“The goal of this effort is to help reinforce the critical tie-in between population growth and protecting our environment.  We all know that there are countless millions of environmentalists throughout America and it is important that we stand united and speak as one if we are going to rescue and preserve our nation’s environmental treasures and create a decent quality of life for future generations.  NPG will create the National Population Policy ads and list the other organizations as co-sponsors in the ad copy if they approve the text.   We expect to run the ads in respected national publications including E-Magazine, The Washington Times Weekly, and The Hill newspaper.”

This is not new for NPG.  One of the advertisements that NPG claimed to run in The Washington Times Weekly this past July read,

“THE CRISIS IN THE GULF OF MEXICO IS ONLY THE BEGINNING…Without a national population policy America will face future environmental disasters on a regular basis!”

NPG is out for making yet another attempt to further the manipulative demand for U.S. Population Stabilization by white nationalists and anti-immigration groups.  NPG may not have a truly environmental platform, but there should be no question that a goal of NPG is to build a base of environmentalists.  The ad above is targeting those concerned with the Oil Spill.  And again NPG declares that it will reach out, “to hundreds of environmental groups.”   To top it off, NPG uses Gaylord Nelson to legitimize the need to attack immigrants and push anti-immigrant agendas and U.S. Population Stabilization,

“ In extending our invitation to join in this project we reminded environmental leaders what former U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, who many consider the ‘Father of Earth Day,’ wrote a decade ago:

‘A sustainable society may be described in several ways:  a society whose activities do not exceed the carrying capacity of its resource base; or a society that manages its environmental and resource systems so that their ability to support future generations is not diminished.’”

NPG is using arguments about sustainability, quality of life, carrying capacity and even Earth Day to promote Greenwashing Nativism with messages of hate, bigotry and racism.  The environmental community is responding to this type of bigotry; some are even taking a pledge to reject it as well.  While Negative Population Growth is trying to recruit and speak on behalf of environmentalists; many are taking a stand to promote inclusive ways to address pressing environmental problems.

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