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SPA Reviews - SA/NT Branch

Timetable for 'SPA Reviews' meetings of SPA (SA-NT) June-Nov 2016

Last Wed in the month, 7.30 pm, Seminar Room, Conservation Council of SA, 111 Franklin St, Adelaide

29 June 7.30 pm, ‘For the Common Good’ – the 1989 classic by Herman Daly that introduced his ideas on the steady state economy to many readers, as well as his views on population and other aspects of sustainability. Peter Martin

27 July 7.30 pm, ‘Limits to Growth’, the 1972 classic from the Club of Rome that modelled the economic, consumption and population growth patterns of that time into the future – and scared the pants off the authors. Rob Fowler will also look at the latest revisits to this modelling. Adjunct Prof Rob Fowler

31 August 7.30 pm, Energy lessons for humanity from ‘The Upside of Down' by Thomas Homer-Dixon. Dr John Coulter

28 Sept 7.30 pm, The Anthropocene (Speaker recommends https://theconversation.com/the-banality-of-ethics-in-the-anthropocene-p...).
John Tons

26 Oct 7.30 pm, Speaker is the author of "Challenged Earth: A Overview of Humanity's Stewardship of Earth", published by Imperial College Press in 2006. Prof Stephen Lincoln, Hon Visiting Research Fellow, Uni Adel.

30 Nov 7.30 pm tbc

June 21 2016

Answers from Political Parties 2016

Some weeks ago SPA sent a questionnaire to six political parties asking for their policy positions re population issues. In summary, we sought to find out from each of them:

  1. Their views on the optimum population for Australia and the basis for their figure;

  2. Whether they recognise that there are environmental constraints to population growth and which constraints are the most significant;

  3. Skilled migrant intake versus training local workers;

June 16 2016

Did you know?

Australia’s population

Our nation adds one person every 1 minute and 22 seconds, needing equivalent of a new city the size of Canberra each year.

Ecological limits

Humanity is now using the biocapacity of 1½ planets each year. By 2025 two-thirds of the world’s people may be under water stress.

Family planning and women’s empowerment

Over 40% of pregnancies are unintended. Early marriage, low education and no contraception trap women and families in a poverty cycle.

Global population

Over 80 million people are added each year – equivalent to an extra Egypt. Since 2000 the growth has rebounded due to neglect of family planning.

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Kelvin describes the importance of limiting population growth, of the opposition from many quarters to discussing this matter, including vested interests as well as politicians and media for fear of being called racist

Kelvin Thomson SPA AGM 2016

Dr Katharine Betts describes surveys which show that a majority of Australians favour a smaller rate of population growth

Katharine Betts SPA AGM 2016