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World Environment Day June 05 - Sustainable Population Australia Media Release

 

The world’s population is predicted to climb from 7.5 billion to 11 billion by 2100. Given our impact is already higher than Earth’s carrying capacity, such an increase in human numbers will make it impossible to improve or maintain any environmental objective.

June 5 2018

Two brand new projects to widen the population discussion. Help us for as little as $2.00!!!

 

We have launched our first ever on-line crowd funding campaign (in addition to the end of financial year appeal).  Crowd funding is an increasingly popular way for people to raise money to set up specific projects and can be a great way to gain exposure and a new audience. 

 

SPA is raising funds to launch a mini web series called 'Tough Crowd'. We are excited to announce Melbourne Comedian Rod Quantock has come on board to assist.  In his relaxed and amusing 'conversations in the pub' style Rod will interview fellow comedians, entertainers and others about the challenges faced in discussing population in the wider community.  SPA is seeking support through our Pozible campaign to fund the whole project, including equipment costs, expenses for our ‘actors’, venue hire, promotion and all the other costs associated with the challenge of making a video series!

 

The Pozible campaign can be found here and Rod Quantock's lively promotional video here.  We would be delighted to have your support and ask too for you to encourage friends, family, and your networks to play a part.  This project may appeal to people who might not otherwise consider joining SPA – but they have to know about it first! Even if they choose not to fund the project it is still good publicity.

 

We are also proud to announce that our PopCulture web page is now up and running - you can find it here.  Have a look at our youth unemployment video and share it. Be proud because you and other SPA members previously helped fund this through a donations drive. This site will host future PopCulture videos. That same video can also be found on our newly reinvigorated YouTube channel here. While we plan to undertake online promotion of the videos you, as members, can play a role by sharing them widely, especially with those particularly affected by issues such as job insecurity and housing affordability.  Who knows, after seeing the videos they too may be motivated to contribute to our ‘Tough Crowd’ campaign!

(From e-news president message, Sandra Kanck - National President)

June 3 2018

SPA South Australian Branch to Blitz the Adelaide Environment Fair

 

The SPA South Australia Branch will be hosting a stall at the World Environment Fair, 2-3 June, at the Wayville Showground in Adelaide.  Find out more details below.

http://worldenvironmentfair.org.au/

We anticipate this event will be a fruitful ground for spreading the news about the need to limit population. 

Our former national President, Dr James Ward, will also be delivering a talk at the Environment Fair called ‘Big Australia, Small Planet’ on Saturday 02nd of June around 2pm.  James describes the talk as following:

Environmental impact depends on both population and per-capita consumption levels. The relationship between these factors is complex and strangely divisive. This talk will explore some of the difficulties we encounter when we try to discuss population and consumption.

Also on Saturday SPA supporters Animals Anonymous will be presenting at 12 noon on ‘Australian Animals.’ Animals Anonymous are only too aware of the impact that human population growth has on the species we share the continent with.  They also run a podcast, and are definitely worth checking out on their website or their Facebook page.

If you are in Adelaide over the weekend,  SPA and our presenters would love to see you there for your presence, support and feedback.

SPA run a hugely successful stall in February for Melbourne's Sustainable Living Festival.  We’re likewise expecting big things for the SA branch this weekend!

May 31 2018

Teaching students about overshoot

What happens when a professor teaches students about over-population? Chris Bystroff, interviewed on the Overpopulation Podcast has observed they go through the stages of grieving: Denial, Bargaining, Anger, etc. Eventually most reach Acceptance but the startling fact is that most have never even heard of the issue.

Population has almost completely fallen off the radar - or at least in the US. In Australia at least, it's re-emerging with thanks to groups such as SPA.

April 30 2018

SPA Forums (Yahoo Groups)

Due to issues with Yahoo, the Pop Forum is not operational. We are working to find a replacement which we will announce as soon as one is available.

In the meantime you can use our Facebook group.

April 27 2018

High population growth rates in the Pacific suggest need for family planning

A public seminar in Canberra tomorrow afternoon will address the stresses caused by high population growth rates in various Pacific island states.

Dr James Ward, national president of Sustainable Population Australia, which is organising the seminar, says population growth in many of Australia’s Pacific neighbours is outstripping the capacity of these nations to provide for the basic needs of their people, not least in education and health.

April 13 2018

PUBLIC SEMINAR - “Population pressures in the Pacific”

Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall St, Barton ACT
1.30 to 5pm Saturday 14 April 2018

Speakers – first session:
Dr Chris McMurray - 'Population Pressure in the Pacific: not just a matter of numbers'
Since 1982 Chris McMurray has held various teaching and visiting appointments in ANU's School of Demography. From 1998 until 2002 she Headed the Demography Program at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in New Caledonia, and since then has been a free-lance consultant working on Pacific population and socio-economic development.

Dr Bryant Allen – ‘Population growth and sustainable food production in PNG’
Bryant Allen is an Honorary Associate Professor in the department of Pacific Affairs, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. Among his main research interests are food security and shifting cultivation systems in Papua New Guinea. He continues to visit Papua New Guinea and in 2016 spent five weeks in the East Sepik village he first lived in for 15 months in 1971 and 1972.

Ms Rarawa Amberoti – ‘How climate change will affect Kiribati’
Rarawa Amberoti is from Kiribati and studying for a Master of Climate Change at ANU.

Afternoon tea: 3 – 3.30pm

Speakers – second session
Senator Claire Moore – ‘Population Pressures in the Pacific’

Claire Moore is Labor Senator for Queensland. In July 2016, she was appointed Shadow Minister for International Development and the Pacific. She is active on a number of Parliamentary committees.

Dr Joanne Epp – ‘Population, Family Planning and Potential’
Joanne Epp is a senior health economist with extensive international experience in economics, research and policy analysis including work at the World Bank, UNFPA, NSW Treasury, KPMG, and the Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy.   She has been a Women's Plans Foundation Trustee and Board Member since 2013. 
Panel of all speakers

Seminar organised by Sustainable Population Australia to mark its 30th birthday.

April 12 2018

SPA swings into the ABC population debate

Have you noticed the sudden unexpected coverage about population on the ABC?  On the 12th of March, 4 Corners ran an episode called ‘Big Australia - Are We Ready.’, Directly following this was a panel discussion QandA on ‘A Big Australia’. Since then, population has continued to be one of ‘the’ major topics of discussion in the mainstream media, including ABC radio and the mainstream press such as Fairfax and News Ltd.

March 27 2018

SPA 30th Anniversary National AGM and afternoon Seminar

SPA was founded in 1988 in Canberra under the name Australians for an Ecologically Sustainable Population. It is appropriate that we celebrate our 30th birthday in the same city!

Date: 14 April, 2018.  AGM begins: 11am (come at 10.30am for morning tea).

Venue: Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall Street, Barton, ACT.

Afternoon seminar: 'Population Pressures in the Pacific' (1.30pm to 5pm), including afternoon tea, featuring a number of speakers including Senator Claire Moore. Senator Moore is the shadow minister for International Development and the Pacific and vice-chair of the Parliamentary Group on Population and Development.

All welcome. Please bring friends and non-members for the afternoon seminar.. $5 donation at the door.

March 8 2018

SPA Newsletter 131 - March 2018

In this edition you will find a worrying article by eminent bio-ecologist William Rees about how we humans are blind to imminent biological collapse. Another paper compares two important studies on Australians’ attitudes to immigration.

There’s news of SPA trustee, Dr Hugh Tyndale-Biscoe, winning an AM in the Australia Day honours list and a tribute to the late WA stalwart, Dr Paddy Weaver.

There are two book reviews, branch news and a final message from our outgoing president, Dr James Ward.

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