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Earth Day 1970s Style: Serious Doom Porn !

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posted on Apr, 24 2014 @ 12:08 PM
I remember all this and all the doom and gloom that was batted back and forth. Remember this was 1970 ish... Nothing has changed there will always be those who want to destroy civilization and you and your kin in particular.

From FreedomWorks:

In 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated — okay, “celebrated” doesn’t capture the funereal tone of the event. The events (organized in part by then hippie and now convicted murderer Ira Einhorn) predicted death, destruction and disease unless we did exactly as progressives commanded.

Behold the coming apocalypse as predicted on and around Earth Day, 1970:

1. "Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind." — Harvard biologist George Wald

2. "We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation." — Washington University biologist Barry Commoner

3. "Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction." — New York Times editorial

4. "Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years." — Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich

5. "Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born… [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

6. "It is already too late to avoid mass starvation," — Denis Hayes, Chief organizer for Earth Day

7. "Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions…. By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine." — North Texas State University professor Peter Gunter

8. "In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution… by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half." — Life magazine

9. "At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it's only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable." — Ecologist Kenneth Watt

10. "Air certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone." — Paul Ehrlich

11. "By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate… that there won't be any more crude oil. You'll drive up to the pump and say, ‘Fill 'er up, buddy,' and he'll say, ‘I am very sorry, there isn't any.'" — Ecologist Kenneth Watt

12. "[One] theory assumes that the earth's cloud cover will continue to thicken as more dust, fumes, and water vapor are belched into the atmosphere by industrial smokestacks and jet planes. Screened from the sun's heat, the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be born." — Newsweek magazine

13. "The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age." — Kenneth Watt

Quotes from "Earth Day, Then and Now," by Ronald Bailey,

May 1, 2000.

edit on 24-4-2014 by 727Sky because: ... title

posted on Apr, 24 2014 @ 12:36 PM
Seemed a right barrel of laughs that event sorry I missed it :-) to be fair what they where saying was correct just off by around 100 years

posted on Apr, 24 2014 @ 12:42 PM
I like the part where they thought we'd still have full-service gas stations in the year 2000.

Thanks for the retro doom porn!

posted on Apr, 24 2014 @ 01:55 PM
a reply to: 727Sky

good retro look at mainstream doom porn.

Humans are heavily biased to respond (and over respond) to things that might occur in their lifetime. Likewise, they ignore things that are most likely to happen after they depart Earth.

IMO The amount we've learned about climate in the last 34 years is astoundingly small. I don't know why that is.

posted on Apr, 24 2014 @ 03:37 PM
I was in Jr. High school on the first earth day. We had a march through town with banners asking the town leaders to address the issues of pollution of the air land and water. Since that time the USA established the EPA and then the super fund to be used to clean up the worst of the sites in the country. Some good things came out of the movement. Before then many people just ignored the problems and factories just dumped their chemicals into the water or had smoke stacks that spewed smoke and chemicals into the air. Cars bleached exhaust from their exhaust pipes unfiltered by catalytic converters and there was no measurements taken at inspection time. I remember the world before earth day and I can promise you youngsters that your voice matters. We hippies made a difference and the cleaner air and water we have now is evidence that even small voices make a difference. Kind of gives a different meaning to the powers that be. We are the power.

posted on Apr, 24 2014 @ 04:35 PM
You know,... had things not changed at that time and had pollution continued to accumulate at the rate that it did back then,.... maybe... just maybe the problem would have been far worse today than it actually is. It was incredibly unhealthy especially early on during the industrial revolution.

While I strongly believe that the sun is the biggest (if not the sole) contributor to global warming (it being a cyclical event and part of earths' history), it doesn't mean we shouldn't keep our environment clean. I'd love it if our rivers, ponds, lakes, oceans and seas were clean. I'd love it if we weren't responsible for the extinction of certain species. I'd love it if I didn't have to breathe poisonous fumes on a daily basis. I'd love less noise pollution and more nature in metropolitan areas. As someone who grew up in a place that basically looked like a giant national park, it would be awesome for kids to be able to do the same, to have an appreciation for all the things this planet has to offer.

I don't like doom and gloom, especially when it's being wrongfully used for monetary profit and perpetrated by fraudulent studies, but sometimes people need to feel a little fear to make them realize that the damage we're doing hurts everyone and everything around us. I think we've come a long way over the years, but we still have a long way to go. I think we're slowly moving in the right direction. Just don't let people like Al Gore steal from you by selling you his B.S. and carbon credits while laughing all the way to the bank.

Pick up your damned trash, try to conserve every once in a while and wherever possible, try to support brands that give a damn so that more companies start thinking about going in the same direction. It doesn't mean we have to go crazy with it,... even baby steps will do. Companies like making money. If there's no money in certain products, they'll move away from them. You vote with your dollars for the existence of products every day. Think about it.

posted on Apr, 24 2014 @ 05:23 PM
a reply to: 727Sky

... I though this was doom porn ...

Girls Jumping On Trampolines!

... because I am doomed if my gf catches me watching it! LOL!

However ... as for the 1970's doom porn I found this bit to be timeless ...

3. "Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction." — New York Times editorial - See more at:

The rest ... not so much as it is like that, "we are soooooo freaking doomed" festival day, on ATS everyday!

posted on Apr, 24 2014 @ 08:01 PM
Yes but people didn't know what they were talking about back then. It's like for real this time.

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