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President's Message July 2017

Wow. What a week it’s been. Popular academic news blog, The Conversation, has run a whole series on population titled “Is Australia Full?”, with several of the articles included as links in the eNews below. This includes an article led by SPA’s Peter Martin (President: SA branch); Peter’s article attracted over 360 comments, and was then re-posted on The Guardian news site, where it drew a further 1,000+ comments. I recognised some names in there, so thanks go to SPA members for contributing to that discussion.

July 21 2017

WORLD MUST STEP UP CONTRACEPTION FUNDING

On the eve of World Population Day (July 11), Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has called for a significant increase in funding for contraception to meet the unmet need of over 200 million women worldwide.

This year, world leaders will meet again in London on World Population Day for the second meeting of the Family Planning Summit. At its first meeting in 2012, leaders affirmed the importance of family planning to women’s empowerment and global prosperity. It aimed to expand access to voluntary family planning to 120 million additional women by 2020.

July 10 2017

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.

SPA supports Global Population Speak Out

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Rod Quantock at his funny best uses his humour to tackle the important matter of too many people, the environmental and social costs of too many people. You will be both informed and amused by this brilliant presentation.

Rod Quantock SPA AGM 2016

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