While we heap scorn upon Harold Camping’s head, booing and hissing him until our throats become raw, I am reminded of the secular false prophets, particularly those of the ecological persuasion, who have presented their prophecies many years ago as “absolutely guaranteed.” Oddly, these individuals get tenure at a major university, rather than having to deal with life crippling shame.
Paul Ehrlich, professor, Stanford
"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." Paul Ehrlich in an interview with Peter Collier in the April 1970 of the magazine Mademoiselle.
By... 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 in special Earth Day (1970) issue of the magazine Ramparts.
He envisioned the President dissolving Congress "during the food riots of the 1980s," followed by the United States suffering a nuclear attack for its mass use of insecticides. The End of Affluence 1975
Peter Gunter, professor, North Texas State University
“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.”
The late George Wald, professor, Harvard
“Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”