Richard Heinberg’s “Who Killed Economic Growth”

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This is the best video on economic growth. Watch it to the end where the cargo ships fall off the edge of the world as we reach the limits of growth, but then we see the incredibly positive message of the small sailing boat being powered by renewable resources swinging around and returning for a new beginning. This video contains a lot of truth – some people will say it’s too extreme – but I believe it’s really important that as many people as possible see it. Please send a link to it on to your friends.

And Richard Heinberg is coming to Australia in October 2012 – make sure you see him in a capital city near you!


Extra $5,000 Reward for coverage of the Wilberforce Award in the Murdoch Press

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The Murdoch press are absolutely paranoid about anyone mentioning that we can’t have constant growth in the use of material resources and energy.

What is even worse is the way our politicians appear to have been intimidated on this subject. Many politicians I speak to agree with the simple fact that we can’t always have growth and we need to move to a more stable system. However, a number of them have said to me ‘Dick, what you are saying is absolutely correct, but if I said it I would be crucified by the Murdoch press’.

The fact is we should be discussing all sides of the issue and acknowledging the fact that the growth we have had over the last thirty years cannot continue indefinitely. I am the first to admit that this growth has benefited people greatly, including Rupert Murdoch and myself. But it’s a simple fact that you don’t have to be a very good businessperson to be making more and more money in such a growth-fuelled environment – and we all know that one day there will be a limit to this growth.

It is very sad and also incredibly serious that we presently have a group of politicians, no matter how small, who agree with the important facts about this ‘growth reality’ but are not game to discuss it because they will be attacked.

In the early days of his time as Premier of New South Wales, Barry O’Farrell stated that we would not have another airport in Sydney. He was attacked mercilessly by the Sydney Daily Telegraph. “How could someone doubt growth?” was basically the attitude of the Telegraph.

I have therefore decided on a special $5,000 prize for the first young person under the age of thirty who can get definitive coverage of the Wilberforce Award in the Murdoch press, including the fact that you can’t have constant growth of the use of resources and energy in a finite world.

So go for it! It must be possible. One day there will be a journalist working for Murdoch who is astute enough to somehow get this message in the media, so that both sides of an argument should be fairly shown.

Remember, this is not an emotive view – it’s a simple fact. We can’t always have growth in the use of material resources and energy in a finite world.


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Plus, I will give an EXTRA AUD5,000 to the first person who can get a proper mention of the Wilberforce Award in the print versions of either New Scientist Magazine or The Economist. Both of these magazines seem to have an insatiable desire for promoting growth. Then again, no doubt they are owned by capitalists who want their business to grow every year!  So – I’ll say it again – to the first person who can get a story which covers the basic points about the Wilberforce Award in a print version of one of these magazines I will be happy to send a cheque for AUD5,000.

Posted 16.08.2010

Dick Smith’s Wilberforce Award in the News

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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.

Channel 7 News Coverage of Dick’s launch of the Wilberforce Award on 11 August

SMH: Dick’s blonde ambition: $1m cash to save civilisation
The Australian: Dick Smith offers $1m for person who reduces population with Wilberforce Award


Wilberforce award announced

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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.

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