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(J.R.S. 38)

Offered by: Senator Rivers of Windsor County.

Whereas, the Program of Action of the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development, which received consensus from all 183 participating nations, is a significant blueprint for investing in humanity and the world's biosphere, and

Whereas, human overpopulation poses a serious threat to all life on earth, including human life, and

Whereas, the problem of preserving the earth's capacity to sustain human beings and other species is enormous and immediate, and

Whereas, the quality of life will vary inversely to the number of people living on the earth and the intensity of the population's use of natural resources, and

Whereas, the United States comprises only five percent of the world's population but consumes 25 percent of the world's commercial energy and produces the greatest volume of solid waste, and

Whereas, at current rates of fertility and immigration, the United States population will grow from the present 250 million to over 400 million people by the year 2050, and

Whereas, at current rates of fertility the world's population will grow from its present level of 5.7 billion to 11.5 billion people by the year 2050, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the Vermont General Assembly urges the Vermont Congressional delegation to bring before the United States Congress legislation that requires the United States to adopt a national population policy aimed at stabilizing the United States' population considering its patterns of consumption, and be it further

Resolved: That the Vermont Congressional delegation is urged to support policies that recognize the connection between population dynamics and the education and economic status of women, and be it further

Resolved: That the delegation is urged to support policies that further the United States State Department's brief on Population and Development, including theelimination of legal and social barriers to gender equality, population policies that encompass economic opportunity for women, and that family planning be a part of primary and reproductive health initiatives, and be it further

Resolved: That the delegation is urged to support policies that will inform our citizens about family size, unsustainable resource use and their combined impact on world resource depletion, and be it further

Resolved: That to lessen international chaos and worldwide environmental degradation caused by population pressures, the delegation is urged to support efforts to raise federal funding to implement international population stabilization programs, as devised by the governments involved in the 1989 Amsterdam Conference, to four percent of the total United States foreign aid appropriation as was agreed upon at the conference, and be it further,

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send copies of this resolution to the President and Vice-President of the United States, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and to each member of the Vermont Congressional delegation.