Urf Day!

April 22nd is Urf Day. An “urf” is a fanatical statement about the environment, the world, the species of the world, or the food supply that is based on anti-capitalist ideology, and will eventually be shown to be false.

Here are some “urfs” from the past:

“It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.”

Dennis Hayes, chief organizer of Earth Day 1

“[A]t least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.”

Paul Ehrlich

“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.”

Prof. Peter Gunter, North Texas State University

“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, January 1970

“[A]ir pollution… is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.”

Paul Ehrlich

“By the year 2000… there won’t be any more crude oil.”

Ecologist Kenneth Watt

“[I]n 25 years, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.”

Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, secretary, Smithsonian Institute

“The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years… 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

“In the 1970s and 1980s, hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash program embarked upon now.”

Paul Ehrlich, “The Population Bomb” (1968)


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