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Sustainable Population Australia at Sustainable Living Festival

The Victoria and Tasmania branch will be making our presence felt during Victoria's Sustainable Living Festival this month.  During the Big Weekend 10 - 12 of February, we will be having a stall near Federation Square Melbourne.  Volunteer branch members will be actively engaging with the wider public on population sustainability and its relation to environmental issues.

February 7 2017

SPA Newsletter 126 - Dec 2016

Leith van Onselen on migration
Jason Hickel on degrowth
Katharine Betts on ageing
Book reviews
Vale Doug Cocks

Safe Cities Conference

On August 23 Michael Bayliss (President, VicTas Branch)  was invited to speak to the national Safe Cities conference on the topic: 'The Impact on Rapid Population Growth in Urban Centres'.  Michael used Melbourne and other Australian cities as case examples as to how rapidly growing cities affect public safety through bad building design, health sector infrastructure, psychology and well-being,  and long term environmental viability.

December 8 2016

Regional Development Conference 2016

In September VicTas Branch President, Michael Bayliss, represented SPA as a speaker.

December 8 2016

ENVIRONMENT-POPULATION GROUP MOURNS LOSS OF CSIRO SCIENTIST DR DOUG COCKS

Environment group, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), is mourning the death of Dr Doug Cocks who died in Canberra earlier this week.

Dr Cocks wrote the 1996 book People Policy – Australia’s population choices following a frustrating period as adviser to the 1994 federal parliamentary committee examining population policy chaired by Hon Barry Jones MP.

SPA national president, Ms Sandra Kanck, says Cocks’ book was an antidote to the Jones Inquiry which managed to avoid making any recommendations on what Australia’s population-immigration policy should be.

November 10 2016

OCKHAM'S RAZOR- QUESTIONING GROWTH

Every day we hear politicians, economists and media commentators
telling us how important it is to grow our economy and that the faster
it grows, the better off we are all going to be. But how credible is
this plan for perpetual growth, considering that many of the resources
we use are finite in nature?
Have we all been brainwashed into thinking that more and more growth
is the answer to all our problems?
Could it be that the myopic pursuit of growth at all costs now is the problem?

This public forum may raise more questions than it answers so come
along with your thinking caps on as we try to trim away some long-held
assumptions and get to the truth about the ideology of growth and
where it's taking us.

Speakers: Dr Haydn Washington, Dr Kerryn Higgs.
Compered by Quentin Dempster

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4, 6.30pm
UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY SYDNEY (UTS)
Lecture theatre 5C.01.031
Block C level 1
1-59 Quay St Haymarket

Entry by donation

October 23 2016

SPA Newsletter 125 - Sep 2016

Ted Trainer against tech-fix faith
Katharine Betts on politics and population growth
Sandra Knack on World Population Day
Jane O’Sullivan on population projections
Jenny Goldie book reviews

Submission to the High-Level Champions on the Roadmap for Global Climate Action

In June 2016, the High Level Champions for Climate Action, appointed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, requested submissions on their Roadmap for Cimate Action following the Paris climate agreement. SPA's submission explains how greater support for voluntary family planning in high fertility countries is critical for achieving a "safe" climate limited to 1.5-2oC. Emissions projection scenarios which achieve sufficient emissions reductions all assume much lower global population growth than the UN's current projection.

August 11 2016

Op-ed for Earth Overshoot Day

AUGUST 8, sadly, is Earth Overshoot Day for 2016.
I say ‘sadly’ because this annual milestone is falling on an earlier day each year, and that is a bad thing.
Overshoot is a term that ecologists use to describe the situation where people consume more than the Earth can provide on an ongoing basis.
Once we have consumed beyond this point we are effectively eating into our resource reserves, much like a farmer who takes out more water from a dam or groundwater table than the rains can replace.
We can do this for a while, but eventually the dam runs dry.

August 8 2016

SPA Vic/Tas branch: AGM 2016

Saturday, September 10th 2016 at 2.00pm. Open to the public, all welcome, bring a friend.

New venue: Hawthorn Library, Meeting rooms 3-4, 584 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122

Nominations for Committee Positions; before 28th August to victas@population.org.au

Guest Speaker: author and climate campaigner

Philip Sutton: The growth economy - is there another way?

followed by discussion.

August 5 2016

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