Letter of introduction by Dick Smith

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Until about five years ago, I had never thought about the population issue. It simply wasn’t in my realm of thinking. However, one thing which gives me a little bit of solace is that most of my friends were the same.

In September 2009, my youngest daughter, Jenny, phoned me and said, “dad, they are all talking about human induced climate change, and they’re all going off to Copenhagen. Why don’t they talk about the ‘elephant in the room’”. I said, “Jenny, what’s that?”. She said, “population!”.

The instant she said the word, it was almost as if a light was turned on in my head. Within seconds I realised how stupid I had been. Here we were talking about problems which are facing our planet, but people weren’t talking about the most obvious problem – too many people. I knew that we had something like 6.7 billion people in the world, and this was predicted to go to over 9 billion by 2050. But I’d never actually linked that with a great many of the problems we have in our world. continue reading

Letter from South Australian Farmer – Interesting Points!

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I received the following letter in February 2015 from a farmer in South Australia – I thought it made some interesting points. Dick Smith

To Mr. Dick Smith. Author of Population Crisis.

Dear Sir,

I have just discovered your book, Population Crisis and I find it an excellent publication. Don’t ask why it has taken me four years to read it. Perhaps I had other things to do, like plunder the planet and add lots of methane to our atmosphere. (I run cattle and sheep for a living.)

I have no argument nor criticism of what you say in the book except that I am far more pessimistic of humanities future than you are. I refer only to the first paragraph of chapter 11. The search for solutions. The girl effect.

You believe humanity has the ingenuity and resourcefulness to tackle the issues that confronts us. I agree that individually we are quite intelligent. Collectively we are seriously dumb! Committees and Governments have proved this over and over again. continue reading

Dick Smith Addresses the National Lions’ Convention in Canberra – “Rupert Murdoch and Kindness”

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I believe this is my most important speech. I delivered it to more than 1,000 people attending the National Lions Convention in Canberra on Saturday 27 April 2013 and received a standing ovation.

In my speech I ask Rupert Murdoch to return to Australia and become our greatest philanthropist.
I also discuss how we can have a great economy without perpetual growth

Read my speech (below) or view my address on YouTube HERE.

Convention Centre, Canberra, Saturday 27 April 2013

I’m delighted to be here. I usually talk about adventure and exciting – but hopefully, responsible – risk taking. This time I’ll be covering more serious issues, however I can assure you there’ll be a positive ending!

The theme of this convention is “Youth – Opportunities abound”.

Opportunities certainly do abound for our young people, but first I believe we will have to make fundamental changes to our economic system as we reach the limits of growth. continue reading

Murdoch Censorship Gives the Lie to ‘Freedom of Speech’ Claims

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Mr Williams, former CEO of News Limited in Australia, said in 2012 that we do not need to worry about the domination of the Murdoch press because we now have digital media”! Let’s see if it works.

Read Dick Smith’ controversial letter to Mr Williams

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Dick Smith says, “His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has sometimes been portrayed in our media as an eccentric who talks to his plants; however, the truth is quite the opposite.

While our politicians in Australia lack leadership and our business leaders are obsessed with never-ending growth and bigger casinos, His Royal Highness is showing extraordinary leadership in major world issues”, Dick Smith says.

“His Royal Highness is a brave person with loads of common sense who is prepared to ‘say it how it is’. We all know that perpetual growth in population and the use of energy and resources is not sustainable in a finite world, yet our politicians are not game to tell us the truth” Dick Smith says.


Dick Smith Supports Sustainable Population Party

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Dick Smith is supporting William Bourke of Sustainable Population Party in the North Sydney By-Election Campaign.  Dick Smith said:  In the past I’ve never given support in this way.  However, I really believe it’s important that we give a message to the government that the general public realise it’s not possible to have perpetual growth in a finite world.  I see the wonderful North Sydney that I knew as a kid, with lots of backyards and trees, being completely destroyed as we move to ever increasing population growth.  I believe North Sydney will end up like Shanghai with not one backyard left, just high rise everywhere.  For further details, see here for the Sustainable Population Party website.

Article in Global Comment: The Death of Environmentalism in the Age of Denial

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I strongly recommend the article by Kevin Casey – see link HERE - entitled, “The Death of Environmentalism in the Age of Denial”. Very well written and relevant.

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