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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

Sustainable Population Australia statement for World Population Day - 11th July 2016

World population Day was established by the UN in 1989 to highlight concerns as the planet’s population went past 5 billion.  It is now at 7.4 billion and rising by about 80 million every year, so the problems are even more intractable (despite the rate of growth declining).  Medium scenarios produced by the UN estimate the world population could be between 9 and 10 billion by 2050.

July 10 2016

SPA Reviews - SA/NT Branch

Timetable for 'SPA Reviews' meetings of SPA (SA-NT) June-Nov 2016

Last Wed in the month, 7.30 pm, Seminar Room, Conservation Council of SA, 111 Franklin St, Adelaide

29 June 7.30 pm, ‘For the Common Good’ – the 1989 classic by Herman Daly that introduced his ideas on the steady state economy to many readers, as well as his views on population and other aspects of sustainability. Peter Martin

27 July 7.30 pm, ‘Limits to Growth’, the 1972 classic from the Club of Rome that modelled the economic, consumption and population growth patterns of that time into the future – and scared the pants off the authors. Rob Fowler will also look at the latest revisits to this modelling. Adjunct Prof Rob Fowler

31 August 7.30 pm, Energy lessons for humanity from ‘The Upside of Down' by Thomas Homer-Dixon. Dr John Coulter

28 Sept 7.30 pm, The Anthropocene (Speaker recommends https://theconversation.com/the-banality-of-ethics-in-the-anthropocene-p...).
John Tons

26 Oct 7.30 pm, Speaker is the author of "Challenged Earth: A Overview of Humanity's Stewardship of Earth", published by Imperial College Press in 2006. Prof Stephen Lincoln, Hon Visiting Research Fellow, Uni Adel.

30 Nov 7.30 pm tbc

June 21 2016

Answers from Political Parties 2016

Some weeks ago SPA sent a questionnaire to six political parties asking for their policy positions re population issues. In summary, we sought to find out from each of them:

  1. Their views on the optimum population for Australia and the basis for their figure;

  2. Whether they recognise that there are environmental constraints to population growth and which constraints are the most significant;

  3. Skilled migrant intake versus training local workers;

June 16 2016

SPA Newsletter 124 - Jun 2016

SPA newsletter No. 124, June 2016.

 
This issue contains articles by:
  • Kelvin Thomson
  • Jane O’Sullivan
  • Samuel Alexander 
There are also book reviews by Jenny Goldie and John Coulter.
 

Media Release - World Biodiversity Day should be renamed Biodiversity Disaster Day

World Biodiversity Day, set by the UN for 22nd May, should be renamed Biodiversity Disaster Day says environment group, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

The Australian government has this year added 53 new species to the national threatened species list and has upgraded some species to a higher level of threat. This clearly shows there is a problem, but the solution is unpalatable to the major political parties.

May 20 2016

Media Release - Coalition opposes free speech?

If the Coalition has its way free speech is to be confined to that which agrees with their dictates. This is clearly shown in a House of Representatives committee report released, so as not to be noticed, in the days leading to the calling of the election.

Hundreds of environment groups in Australia have been assessed by the Australian Tax Office as worthy of receiving tax deductible donations. The work of these groups usually includes advocacy, such as lobbying for the adoption of more renewable energy or arguing against more coal mines. This advocacy sometimes brings them into conflict with government policy.

May 13 2016

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