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SPA Newsletter 128 - Jun 2017

Contents

Jenny Goldie reflects on 29 years of SPA

James Ward et al on the decoupling delusion

William Rees on the wages of self-delusion

Vale Bryan Furnass

Book reviews

POPULATION: HAVE WE MADE ANY PROGRESS AT ALL?

Jenny Goldie

This title was prompted by a recent question from a member of SPA, who wondered whether the considerable money he had donated over the years had been cost effective.

It led to my reflecting on whether SPA has indeed made any progress over the past 29 years since the organisation was founded.

May 4 2017

NOTICE OF NATIONAL SPA AGM 2017 AND AFTERNOON SEMINAR

This year the NSW Branch of SPA is hosting the National AGM of SPA in Sydney at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts (SMSA), 280 Pitt St Sydney, in the Mitchell Theatre (Level 1) on Saturday 29th April.

Current members are welcome to participate in the AGM at 10am. All members of the public are welcome to the afternoon forum: "Population - the way forward" at 1pm. This will include speakers James Ward (incoming national president) and Graham Wood (NSW branch president).

Hope to see many of you there!

April 27 2017

Program for public meetings of SPA-SA/NT March-June 2017

All events are in the Seminar Room, ground floor, Conservation Council of SA, 111 Franklin St, Adelaide city

Date

SPA Review’ Event

Speaker

Book and Blog Alert

Tues 28 March 7.30pm

The Arrival of the Anthropocene

John Tons

Michael Lardelli

Wed 3 May 7.30 pm

Using the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) to present a case for an end to population growth in Australia.

Plus a report on the Ecological Economics Conference, Adelaide, Jan 2017

Peter Martin

tbc

Wed May 31 7.30 pm

Energy and the Wealth of Nations

Understanding the Biophysical Economy, by Charles Hall.

This (expensive) book is reviewed at http://www.resilience.org/stories/2012-06-11/energy-and-wealth-nations/

 

Michael Lardelli

 

tbc

Wed June 28

7.30 pm

Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads and the Steady State Solution, by Brian Czech.

John Coulter

tbc

SPA-SA/NT holds monthly ‘SPA Review’ nights at which books and other materials that have strongly influenced members are outlined and discussed. An innovation for 2017 will be a 5-min ‘Book and Blog Alert’ segment when certain key papers, postings or other information is reported and links provided. Note that volunteers to present this Alert at the May and June nights are still needed. Members, friends and other members of the public are welcome, and there is no charge. Refreshments are provided.

 

For more details contact SA-NT branch president Peter Martin (0417 776 494, poitgm@hotmail.com), or secretary Dr Michael Lardelli (michael.lardelli@adelaide.edu.au).

March 12 2017

Silent auction of paintings by Jackie Ellis

SPA member,  Jackie Ellis of  Kununurra  in WA has, for the 2nd time generously donated paintings  to SPA!  We thank Jackie very much for her gift and are taking this wonderful opportunity to auction these works for SPA

The titles of  the 2 works , “Ecology Connected to Everything Else”  and “Ecology -Everything is Connected” encapsulate the important principle that  environmentalists understand to be true – that elements of nature are interconnected and an action upon any one will have downstream consequences. 

To view the paintings and bid for one or both – click on Auction.

March 8 2017

SPA Newsletter 127 - Mar 2017

P1: Birrell & Kinnaird on migration

P3: Jenny Goldie farewells Tony Morgan

P4: Gaffney & Steffen on the Anthropocene

P6: Art auction


P7: Book review


P8: Jenny Goldie reflects on Doug Cox


P10: Branch reports


P12: President’s snippet

Julian Cribb on SURVIVING THE 21st CENTURY

humanity's ten great challenges and how we can overcome them

TIME:  2pm Saturday 11th March

VENUE:  HAGSOC room,  Cook Community Hub,  41 Templeton Street,  Cook
Canberrra ACT

Julian Cribb is a Canberra author and science communicator.  Surviving the 21st Century is his ninth book.  Following The Coming Famine (2010) and Poisoned Planet (2014), it is the third in his trilogy about how humans can overcome the existential threats our success has brought upon us.

February 25 2017

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.

Michael Bayliss Safe Cities by Sustainable Population Australia

December 8 2016

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