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Comedian Rod Quantock chats with fellow comedian Jude Perl on her decision not to have children.  A live music performance follows.

 

 

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Tough Crowd Episode 1 - Jude Perl

 

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Population, sustainability and quality of life: what future do we want for Australia?

Sustainable Population Australia invites you to a free Public Forum: Population, sustainability and quality of life: what future do we want for Australia?

When: Saturday 27 April 2019 2 – 5 pm
Where: The EcoCentre, Griffith University Nathan Campus, building N68.

Confirmed speakers:

    Professor Hugh Possingham, University of Queensland ecologist and Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy.
    Kelvin Thomson, former Federal Labor MP for the seat of Wills, current President of SPA’s VicTas Branch.
    Crispin Hull, journalist and columnist for the Canberra Times.

This follows Sustainable Population Australia’s AGM, at the same venue starting 10:30 for 11 am. Members are encouraged to attend and stay for the forum.

Lunch will be $15 per person, but must be pre-booked.

Following the event, we will adjourn to dinner, at a venue to be advised. Email qld@population.org.au to book lunch and/or dinner and notify us of any dietary requirements.

Members travelling to Brisbane can also request to be billeted with local members, subject to availability. Make your travel plans as soon as possible as this weekend coincides with the end of school holidays and plane seats may be scarce.

March 3 2019

Public Launch of Tough Crowd Series

 

SPA is celebrating the success of the public launch of the TOUGH CROWD series.

Tough Crowd is our new YouTube series where much loved comedian Rod Quantock interviews comedians, environmentalists, politicians and other interesting people on their perspectives on population and their personal journeys and challenges when dealing and talking about this difficult but very important topic.

In episode one, Series one of Tough Crowd, Rod Quantock chats with comedian/musician Jude Perl. Jude discusses her reasons for not having children and some of the challenges involved in convincing her friends and family on her decision.  Jude discusses how she incorporates her child- free journey into her live shows and songs and why it is important to be a role model for others who are having second thoughts on having children. Jude goes on to perform a live rendition of her very topical original song, 'Let's Hang Out'.

Other interviews include Sri Lankan born environmental scientist Asitha Samarawickrama, and candidates for AJP and Sustainable Australia, Bruce Poon and Mark McDonald.

The Tough Crowd series was formed by a chance meeting between Rod Quantock and former SPA National President, Dr James Ward.  The idea was to create a personable, relatable and entertaining series of interviews around the challenges of talking about population in wider society.  The project was funded by a generous donation from Dick Smith in conjunction to SPA's first ever crowd funding campaign.

We hosted a public screening in Melbourne to celebrate the project, acknowledge the crowd funding supporters and other contributors to the project, and to finally launch the series to the wider world.  The response to the screening was enthusiastic and supportive.  The screening was part of the Sustainable Living Festival program and we thank SLF for their partnership and support.

Episode one of Tough Crowd is now available to watch on our YouTube channel.  We will be releasing an episode every couple of weeks so stay tuned!

 

Below are some photos from the opening night of the public screening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 1 2019

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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