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SPA interviewed by Overpopulation Podcast

SPA's own Communications Manager - Michael Bayliss - was interviewed by the Overpopulation Podcast

The overpopulation podcast is run by USA based organization 'World Population Balance'  who took the brave step to do the only known podcast anywhere that focuses on population.

May 3 2020

SPA Newsletter 139 - May 2020

In this newsletter you will find:
As the coronavirus crisis dominates our lives, this issue appropriately covers three articles on COVID-19;
another on taking a more nuanced approach when dealing with population;
Bill McKibben commemorating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day;
a summary of the population aspects on the first report by the Commission on the Human Future;
a new connection between CASSE and a local population activist;

DEAL WITH POPULATION GROWTH AS WELL AS CLIMATE CHANGE THIS EARTH DAY

(media release 21 April 2020)

Population growth is as much a threat to the integrity of Earth’s ecosystems as climate change and must be addressed with equal urgency, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

This Wednesday 22 April marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970. The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate change.

The first Earth Day saw huge rallies across the US. It led to important US legislation such as the Clean Air Act, as well as the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

April 20 2020

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE - a game changer article in the media

(From SPA eNews April #2 2020)

 

In a COVID-19 world I think we are all on the alert to find kernels of wisdom coming from commentators and opinion leaders. The one which stands out for me came from respected Australian author and critic, Christos Tsiolkas, who made a powerful comment in an article in the Sydney Morning Herald titled ‘Were so many of us wrong?’ Because it was well into the article, I suspect many would not have mined deep enough to find it, but here it is:

April 17 2020

World Heritage Day Online Event Saturday 18 April

World Heritage Day Online Event
Saturday, 18 April from 3.00pm

One of our keen SPA members will be running a Zoom event for world Heritage Day on Saturday 18th April at 3pm.  John Steley is an environmental activist and committee member of SPA’s Queensland Committee.
The online event will include a variety of presentations focusing on our ecosystem as precious natural heritage and the great initiatives from around the world to preserve these.  For those interested in population sustainability, it will include a video from David Attenborough and a trailer for the documentary on population ‘8 Billion Angels’.

Anyone can join online with Zoom with the following details:

Download Zoom to your phone or computer: https://zoom.us/download
Click on this link to join the event: https://zoom.us/j/536932462
Meeting ID: 536 932 462

John describes the event thus:

“This World Heritage Day event looks forward to the heritage we leave for future generations. It will touch on some challenges we face going forward, but in the main it will look at positive action we can take. It will comprise a series of videos, about an hour in total. The first 40 minutes are well suited for all, young and old. I expect the last 20 minutes will be of more interest to adults and adolescents than children.
“My intention is to entertain, inform, facilitate discussion and especially to move people to action. Constructive feedback is most welcome.”

We hope that you are able to join for this entertaining and informative online event.
 

April 12 2020

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) extends our sympathies and solidarity to all those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic during these very trying times.

 We are deeply saddened for the thousands who have already lost their lives to this terrible disease and give our deepest sympathies to their families, friends and communities. We extend our thoughts to the many who are struggling with loss of business, unemployment, financial stress and housing insecurity.   We express our gratitude to all those in the global community –  in particular to health workers and others – who are putting themselves in harm’s way to assist those in need.

March 31 2020

Student union accused of censorship

The Students Association of the Australian National University stands accused of censorship and shutting down debates, exactly the opposite of what one should expect in a modern university, says Sandra Kanck, President of environment group Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

National Vice-President of SPA, Ms Jenny Goldie, was booked more than a month ago to address an O-Week forum on climate change today but, having travelled from Cooma to Canberra to fulfil her commitment, arrived to find the room unattended.

February 19 2020

SPA will launch new documentary 8 Billion Angels

 

An excellent new feature length documentary on overpopulation will be screening as part of Melbourne's film festival.

Sustainable Population Australia will collaborate with our international colleagues Earth Overshoot for the Australian debut screening 8 Billion Angels.

SPA Communications manager Michael Bayliss will open the screening with an introductory speech.

"8 Billion Angels takes the audience across the world, weaving together the voices of people around the world as they confront the growing impact of overpopulation on their lives and provides real solutions to steer us on the path to lasting sustainability and prosperity for the earth and all of its inhabitants."

8 Billion Angels will screen on February 25th at Nova Cinema, Carlton at 08:30pm.  A link to the transition film festival and film trailer can be found here.  At this stage, SPA will be organising group booking tickets for a discounted rate of $11.  If you are interested in taking part of the group booking offer, please contact media@population.org.au  by Friday 14th February.

We are very exctied and honoured to be taking part in the screening of what promises to be a cinematic powerhouse with a strong, clear message.

See you there!

February 7 2020

SPA Newsletter 138 - February 2020

 In the newsletter you will find

  • An article on population growth and bushfires
  • Opinion articles by Richard Eckersley, Abigail Weinberg, and Jane O’Sullivan et al.
  • Two proposals that SPA is supporting
  • A report on the launch of SPA’s discussion paper on infrastructure
  • A report on John Coulter winning a lifetime achiever award
  • Book reviews of Growth by Vaclav Smil and of On Fire by Naomi Klein
  • Branch reports and the Communication Manager’s report
  • Notice of the AGM

Happy reading!

Supplementary submission to the Senate inquiry into Australia’s faunal extinction crisis

 

 

13 August 2019

Supplementary submission to the Senate inquiry into Australia’s faunal extinction crisis

"Sustainable Population Australia welcomes the opportunity to submit some supplementary material to the Senate inquiry into Australia’s faunal extinction crisis, in addition to our earlier submission dated 10/9/18.

February 3 2020

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