I’m the retired cotton farmer, who sat beside your wife at the Mungindi Show in 2010.
Frosty Wooldridge is saying, what I have tried to tell people unsuccessfully for the last twenty odd years. Sadly, the world population has increased another 2 billion since then. While I agree with what you said in your book that education reduces population growth, it is also obvious, that the people who should be educated are not. Religions are still too, powerful teachers.
Education is too slow. Like my son and daughter, both quite smart, one is a doctor in science. They cannot see the urgency. They are used to be stuck in traffic jams. They think the next Apple iPhone will solve all the problems. It doesn’t worry them, that peak Phosphorus (a major nutrient in food production) is said to be only two three decades away. When farmers are expected to grow twice as much produce!
Like Frosty says, the problem has to be addressed globally. The Greens who should be leading the debate are blaming farmers. The Liberals and Labour are stuck in the continuous growth theory. I am worried for my three grandchildren and all the other poor little creatures that are being put in this world, without being asked.
About two years ago I put up a big sign along the Newell Highway, which read on both sides: THINK of your grandchildren, no CSG mining in food growing areas.
Now I painted over one side and it says now: THINK fewer children, it’s not about you, it’s about their future.
That is all I can do about it.
Thanks Dick for still trying.