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Program for public meetings of SPA-SA/NT March-June 2017

All events are in the Seminar Room, ground floor, Conservation Council of SA, 111 Franklin St, Adelaide city

Date

SPA Review’ Event

Speaker

Book and Blog Alert

Tues 28 March 7.30pm

The Arrival of the Anthropocene

John Tons

Michael Lardelli

Wed 3 May 7.30 pm

Using the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) to present a case for an end to population growth in Australia.

Plus a report on the Ecological Economics Conference, Adelaide, Jan 2017

Peter Martin

tbc

Wed May 31 7.30 pm

Energy and the Wealth of Nations

Understanding the Biophysical Economy, by Charles Hall.

This (expensive) book is reviewed at http://www.resilience.org/stories/2012-06-11/energy-and-wealth-nations/

 

Michael Lardelli

 

tbc

Wed June 28

7.30 pm

Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads and the Steady State Solution, by Brian Czech.

John Coulter

tbc

SPA-SA/NT holds monthly ‘SPA Review’ nights at which books and other materials that have strongly influenced members are outlined and discussed. An innovation for 2017 will be a 5-min ‘Book and Blog Alert’ segment when certain key papers, postings or other information is reported and links provided. Note that volunteers to present this Alert at the May and June nights are still needed. Members, friends and other members of the public are welcome, and there is no charge. Refreshments are provided.

 

For more details contact SA-NT branch president Peter Martin (0417 776 494, poitgm@hotmail.com), or secretary Dr Michael Lardelli (michael.lardelli@adelaide.edu.au).

March 12 2017

Silent auction of paintings by Jackie Ellis

SPA member,  Jackie Ellis of  Kununurra  in WA has, for the 2nd time generously donated paintings  to SPA!  We thank Jackie very much for her gift and are taking this wonderful opportunity to auction these works for SPA

The titles of  the 2 works , “Ecology Connected to Everything Else”  and “Ecology -Everything is Connected” encapsulate the important principle that  environmentalists understand to be true – that elements of nature are interconnected and an action upon any one will have downstream consequences. 

To view the paintings and bid for one or both – click on Auction.

March 8 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

Global Population Speak Out logo

 

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