Population Crisis has certainly stirred me up again. We decided to only have one child (Trev had already reproduced before he met me) but I'm not sure that's the end of my contribution to the population crisis... hmmm. What are your thoughts - especially now you know that Australia has one of the highest population growths in the world and the highest carbon emissions (yes, we beat the USA) and with no clear policies around what is sustainable and how it can to be sustained?A carbon scheme where to offset our emissions individuals may buy credits off, for instance, Africans, thereby increasing their quality of life and creating greater equality.Changing our way of measuring national success - converting from GDP to GPI (Genuine Progress Indicator)which looks at social, environmental factors and the happiness and health of our population, not wealth.Moving away from acquisition of products, particularly those superfluous items that we're so addicted to accumulating. Somewhere near $25 billion dollars worth of unwanted Christmas gifts are dumped each year around the world.Changing our migration policies (and letting in more genuine refugees rather than handpicking the world's skilled and depriving developing countries of their means to progress).He was also very supportive of Kelvin Thomson's (Labour backbencher)succinct 14 point plan for population reform. (google it) which, among 13 other things - abolishing the baby bonus.
Friday, 27 April 2012
Dick Smith's Population Crisis
Dick Smith's book, Population Crisis is an easy read on the level of comprehension, but it's not easy on any other level. He's encapsulated the ennvironmental impact of our growing population and our consumer habits very neatly, and I must say, rather humbly. As per usual, I read the doom and gloom with a sense of underlying panic and eagerly await what the author sees as being the way to move forward... and hope like hell he has a vision for a world without reliance on oil. And he does, to some extent posit strategies, and where he leaves off he provides a $1 million Wilburforce Award to an under 30 year old who can show leadership and can effectively communicate that we cannot always have growth in the use of resources and energy and by removing this addiction we could see the emergence of a more equitable world with an improved quality of living.