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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!

SPA Launches Stop at 2 Campaign

 

No matter where we live in the world, the decisions we all make about our family size makes a huge difference

Having children is a significant life event that has impacts, both positive and not so positive.  Our position in society, sense of belonging, and how we are judged by others is often affected by whether or not we are parents or have a traditional family.  Whilst parenting can often bring great joy, it can often bring many difficulties, including financial stress and major lifestyle changes.  Then there are environmental considerations, such as the impact of more feet on the planet and the concerns in bringing up a child into world facing many environmental and societal issues.

Did you know that in Australia, the decision to have one less child makes a much larger difference in terms of carbon offset that any individual changes in consumption or lifestyle choices?

This is not only the case in Australia with our high per capita consumption.  According to Project Drawdown, educated and empowered women with access to family planning have smaller families on average.  This not only has the largest impact in reducing climate change of all the measures assessed by Project Drawdown, but is also a moral issue. It affects gender equality, fairness, and mitigating the pain of millions of unwanted pregnancies globally every year.

That means family size choices are critical, no matter where you live on planet earth.

This is why SPA has launched our new ‘Stop at 2’ Campaignto encourage smaller families.   We wanted to find out firsthand the human experience around deciding whether or not to have children and the tough choices almost all of us will need to grapple with one day.

In our video Talking Heads: Choosing to have Children….or not we interviewed six Australians from very different backgrounds and walks of life.  They bravely share their experiences to the camera around whether or not to have a family after considering host of factors including their careers, activism and the state of the world.

In Tough Crowd – Jude Perl meets the Baronesses, comedian Jude Perl interviews three proud child free women “The Baronesses”  who started a social and advocacy group to celebrate and normalise women who choose to be child free.  They share both humorous anecdotes and challenges in regards to reactions from friends and family as they debunk the myths and assumption from wider society.

Speaking of comedian Jude Perl, she was interviewed by famous comedian Rod Quantock on her own experiences of being child free on SPA’s very first episode of Tough Crowd.  Jude shared with Rod her reasons not to have children (both personal and environmental),  her experiences of including her child free experiences in her stand up shows,  and she concludes with a performance of her self-written child free anthem “Let’s Hang Out.”

Of course, SPA understands that a change in attitudes towards smaller families needs to happen on a global scale.   In a recent interview with the ambassador of Costa Rica, he shares how his country achieved a non-coercive, inclusive family planning program that has a seen a reduction in fertility since the 60s and a more stable, happier population as a result.

On February 25, SPA will be supporting the launch of the film 8 Billion Angels for Melbourne’s Transition Festival.  This film, made by the team at Earth Overshoot, details the scale of impact that humans are having on the globe and presents empowerment of women and access to family planning as a solution.  They interview local family planning advocates in India as a case example.  Our communications manager Michael Bayliss will open the screening with an introductory speech.  More details on the screening can be found here.

SPA is pleased to share that our international colleagues are also working on population and family planning campaigns.  For example, World Population Balance in the USA are Crowdfunding for a billboard campaign (link here).   ScientistWarning.Org are generating interest for a United National Framework convention on population growth (link here).  Although SPA cannot always share the exact same position or focus of our international colleagues, we applaud the initiatives being taken all around the world and invite individuals to visit these links to decide whether you would like to get involved.

We will conclude by screening our videos across several capital cities later this year along side a feature length documentary on small families.  Watch this space.

February 5 2020

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

A United Nations Framework Convention on Population Growth.

There is an international movement to set up a United Nations Framework Convention on Population Growth that we invite all Australians to be part of.

The aim of this proposal is to establish a Framework Convention on Population Growth – one akin to the Paris Agreement for climate change with Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in pursuit of a sustainable population in every country. 

January 21 2020

Burn For You - National President New Years Message

Post-election our Prime Minister ironically promised he would burn for us every day. I’ve seen no sign of him burning: the continent seems to be doing it for him.

While climate change related bushfires are front of mind for Australians at the moment, it is useful to reflect that the emissions contributing to climate change and these mega-fires were produced twenty years ago.

Then, earth’s population was 6 billion, now it’s 7.7 billion.

January 3 2020

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