Kevin and Dick are on the money about population

Kevin and Dick are on the money

I recently received a letter and a booklet from respected Australian entrepreneur and environmentalist Dick Smith. Much like the Sustainable Australia party, he is very concerned about Australia’s booming population numbers and the pursuit by the major political parties of never-ending growth.

The contents of the booklet were so thought-provoking that I felt the need to acknowledge them in Parliament. 

The booklet, called Climate Change Is Not the Biggest Threat to the World’s Environment, is written by Kevin Casey, a wildlife and environment writer of some repute. According to Kevin the biggest threat to the world’s environment is overpopulation, and I agree with him wholeheartedly. 

As Mr Casey states, in two decades the earth’s oceans will contain more plastic than fish. This is not caused by climate change; this is caused by way too many people consuming way too many resources. Climate change is a legitimate and deeply concerning crisis, but it is often bewildering how people can finger-point at corporations, motorists or litterers and yet somehow miss the 7.7 billion elephants in the room.

I am a firm believer in combating climate change and pollution, but it is futile and unrealistic to think that we are going to make any difference while we support our current rate of global population growth.

Climate change is a function of population growth. Global population growth needs to be addressed. And closer to home, Australia’s contribution to stabilising our population growth and to combating climate change must urgently be addressed.

It was an honor to be able to give this piece of work a platform in the Victorian Parliament.