Dick Smith joins doctors’ sustainability campaign

ENTREPRENEUR Dick Smith has thrown his weight behind a doctor-led campaign highlighting the health-related dangers of unchecked population growth.

The campaign, launched this week by advocacy group Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA), will see posters sent to more than 20,000 GPs with this edition of MO

The aim is to promote sustainable levels of population growth and resource consumption.

Mr Smith has been a vocal advo­cate for a more sustainable approach to population growth, rather than the “Big Australia” vision touted by former prime minister Kevin Rudd. 

He praised doctors for taking a leadership role on the issue.

“There has been no leadership from our politicians on this issue,” Mr Smith told MO

“I commend the DEA – it is fantastic to see a highly respected [profession] using its clout to be so responsible.”

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