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10th Anniversary of Kelvin Thomson’s Global Population Speech

(Media Release from Kelvin Thomson, August 16, 2019)

Tomorrow it will be exactly 10 years since I spoke to the Parliament describing increasing population as the underlying cause of the world’s problems.

I listed each of them - global warming, food crisis, water shortages, housing affordability, overcrowded cities, traffic congestion, species extinctions, fisheries collapse, increasing prices, waste, terrorism and war - and described the role that population growth was playing in fuelling them.

August 16 2019

Growing congestion in our cities: infrastructure costs make us all worse off

The latest Infrastructure Australia assessment shows, yet again, that red-hot population growth is causing congestion and frustration in our cities, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

Infrastructure Australia has warned that investment in infrastructure is not keeping up with population growth.

The report has estimated the cost to the economy of transport congestion in our capital cities to be $39.6 billion annually by 2031, due to lost productivity.

August 14 2019

Bob Birrell Receives SPA Unsung Hero Award

On July 20th, Professor Bob Birrell met with the Victoria and Tasmania branch of Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) to receive his award as the inaugural winner of the Mary E White Unsung Hero award.

The winner was announced at the Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) Annual General Meeting in Brisbane in April.

Bob was presented his award certificate by VicTas branch president Kelvin Thomson along with local SPA members.  Members met with Bob at a local cafe to celebrate his win in person and to give appreciation to his many achievements.

July 29 2019

Earliest ever Earth Overshoot Day

Sustainable Population Australia has voiced great concern that Earth Overshoot Day (EOD) is occurring three days earlier than last year. In 2019, it is 29 July, the earliest ever.

According to the Global Footprint Network, EOD marks the date when humanity's annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth's ecosystems can regenerate in that year. In 1971, it fell on 21st December, but now we use those same services the earth provides inside the first seven months of the year.

July 29 2019

SPA Newsletter 136 - August 2019

In this issue, we take a more international approach and focus on family planning. You will find a front page article about Earth Overshoot Day being three days earlier this year, on 29 July. There are Opinion articles from Malcolm Potts and Alisha Graves, Patricia Derer and Joe Guzzardi; abstracts of two important papers; a report on the UN paper on  biodiversity and ecosystem services; two book reviews,  our communications manager’s report; a letter to editor and  branch reports.

Population growth puts sustainability goals out of reach.

Continuing rapid population growth in poorer countries is putting achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) out of reach, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

July 10 2019

World Population Day – Sustainable Population Australia Victoria challenges growth at free public event as Melbourne’s population heads towards 12 million.

09 July 2019

World Population Day – Sustainable Population Australia Victoria challenges growth at free public event as Melbourne’s population heads towards 12 million.

July 11th is World Population day, marking the 30th anniversary since the global population hit 5 Billion on 11th of July, 1989.  This week, it will be 7.7 billion, and UN estimates it will reach 11.2 billion by 2100.

July 8 2019

Can We Curb Our Growth Obsession – Is Bigger Always Better?

When:  World Population Day, Thurs 11th July, 6pm to 07:30pm

Where:  Melbourne, Victoria
             New Internationalist Bookshop, Trades Hall

 

Australia’s Economy is centred on the belief that we need GDP and Population growth for prosperity.  However, GDP tells us nothing about quality of lives, and gives no regard to the depletion or degradation of natural resources.

This event will explore alternative (Non-GDP) models for progress from New Zealand and Costa Rica, and discuss the impacts of population growth on town planning and climate change.
Presentations will be followed by a panel/Q&A sessions, with refreshments including wine and cheese.

This event is open to all members of the public

 

Event Speakers

 

Kelvin Thompson (Event MC)

Kelvin is a former Federal MP and President of Sustainable Population Australia (Vic/Tas).  He is passionate about the environment, and supports ‘population reform’  to ensure a more sustainable future for Australia.

 

Bronwyn Plarre

Bronwyn is an activist who has worked with the Climate Guardians & Galilee Blockade among other groups. She is an active member of Urban Coup, an organisation that is focused on community based resilience.

 

Mark Allen

Mark is a former planner and environmental campaigner who co-founded Population Permaculture and Planning and started the holistic activism movement to promote less conflict and more critical thinking into activism.

 

Michael Bayliss

Michael is the Communications Manager for Sustainable Population Australia. He is a long term grassroots environmental activist, with a particular interest in post-growth societies.

 

 

This is a free public event with limited seating capacity (40 people). This event is in recognition of world population day and the event has been facilitated by the Victorian and Tasmanian branch of Sustainable Population Australia.  However, this event serves to promote a diversity of views and perspectives on the the topics of post-growth societies and population growth. Therefore, we strongly encourage an environment that mutually respects different opinions.

Thank you to the New Internationalist Bookshop for hosting this event.

 

Please find link to the Facebook event here

June 28 2019

Annual population growth passes 400,000: unsustainable

Australia’s total population growth has soared past 400,000 in the figures released yesterday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. According to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), this is completely unsustainable in environmental, economic and social terms.

SPA National President, Sandra Kanck, says 61.4 per cent of total growth (404,800) was from net overseas migration (248,400 people).

June 21 2019

Global Population - In Graphics!

 

A succinct resource that details some of the many environmental impacts from population growth worldwide and some key solutions to the issue.

We encourage sharing this excellent resource.

 

Global Population Infographic pdf

June 17 2019

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