Following his launch of the Wilberforce Award last week, Dick Smith received some great coverage in the press.
Check out what Sydney’s Channel 7 News had to say about the Award, as well as what The Australian and the SMH had to say about Dick, the doco and the award.
Armed with a suitcase full of cash and more blonde beauties than Richard Branson, businessman Dick Smith announced his Wilberforce award at the FEX Market Site in Sydney on Wednesday 11 August 2010.
The award is designed to give a one million dollar prize to anyone under 30 who can impress Dick by becoming famous through his or her ability to show leadership in communicating an alternative to our population and consumption growth-obsessed economy.
The Sydney premiere of Dick Smith’s documentary The Population Puzzle took place on Tuesday August 10 at the Chauvel cinema in Paddington.
Dick Smith and his family, including his wife and two daughters were there, as was the Director Simon Nasht, and many members of the crew.
Following the film a lively debate ensued with filmmakers, politicians and members of the Australian Population Party all contributing to the discussion with Dick and Simon.
To see what happened at the event, check out the photos below.
HERE is a link to a page on Sustainable Population Australia’s (SPA) website with some beaut quotes on population.
What has population and growth got to do with obesity?
by Professor Garry Egger
Obesity is now the biggest epidemic the world has ever seen – bigger in numbers than the bubonic plague of the 14th century or the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Yet despite its obvious causes – over-eating, inactivity and an (over-rated) influence of genes – no single country has been able to slow the epidemic down.
Over 15% of the world’s population are now overweight or obese (in Australia the figure is 56%) – and all this only since around 1980!
The question that has to be asked is why? How is it that humans have existed in some form for probably a million years with very few ever asking the question ‘does my bum look too big in this?’, but that obesity has become rampant in the last 30 years?