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Global Population - In Graphics!

 

A succinct resource that details some of the many environmental impacts from population growth worldwide and some key solutions to the issue.

We encourage sharing this excellent resource.

 

Global Population Infographic pdf

June 17 2019

Australia's Population - In graphics!

 

A resource created by one of our talented SPA members in Melbourne.

This is a great resource to share as it succinctly and graphically details the magnitude and impact of Australia's population growth in a way that is easy to understand.

An essential resource that we encourage you to share.

Australian Population Infographic pdf

 

June 17 2019

Aerial Photos of Melbourne's Growth, 2018

The SPA VicTas Branch reflects on the one year anniversary since we took to the sky to photograph Melbourne's urban sprawl from above.

June 8 2019

World Environment Day - More People, More Pollution.

On this year’s World Environment Day (5 June), countries must recognise that more population translates to more air pollution, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

Using satellite observations, a 2013 NASA study  revealed that, as urban populations grew from one to ten million people, air pollution increased. In the US, Europe and India, air pollution more than doubled but, in China, the increase was larger, by a factor of five.

June 5 2019

SPA reflects on our hugely successful 2019 public forum

On Saturday 27th April 2019,  Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) hosted a free public forum:  “Population, Sustainability and Quality of Life:  what future do we want for Australia?”

 

Almost 100 members of the public attended the beautiful EcoCentre at Griffith Univeristy, Brisbane Queensland.  We were fortunate to enjoy some powerful and motivating presentations from a variety of speakers including:  Hugh Possingham (The Nature Conservancy);  Sue Arnold (Australians for Animals); Steve McDonald (President of Redlands2030); Cameron Murray (Economist and Sustainable Australia Party candidate); Crispin Hull (Journalist for the Canberra Times); Charles Worringham (spokesperson for The Greens); and Kelvin Thomson (Former Labor MP for Wills).

Given that population has been dismissed as a fringe issue in the past, the diversity of our enthusiastic speakers is indicative of the contrary - that people from all walks of life are now aware of the impacts of population growth and are keen to talk about it!

Our speakers covered a variety of topics such as the impacts of population growth on the environment, habitat, urban planning and infrastructure.  They explored some of the reasons why many sectors of our society continue to uphold the belief that rapid population growth is necessary for a prosperous economy whilst debunking several enduring myths around ageing societies.  The information delivered was sometimes alarming as the impacts of population growth are increasingly felt throughout society and in our natural environments.  However, there was also cause for hope and a call to arms, especially from Kelvin Thomson who shared his wisdom on what we all must do to address these serious problems.

The presenters were invited to join a Q&A panel, where some real postive, constructive and dynamic conversations were had with the audience.

Videos for Dr Cameron Murray, Kelvin Thomson, Steve McDonald and Charles Worringham are all now available on the SPA YouTube Channel.   All contain powerful messages and we strongly recommend sharing these videos or any others on our YouTube channel with your friends, family and networks.

We would also like to provide:

- The transcript of the speeches from Sue Arnold and Crispin Hull

- The presentation slides from Hugh Possingham, Sue Arnold and Cameron Murray.

These pdfs can be found at the bottom of the page and provide a wealth of insight and wisdom.  Again, we invite all to share.

A huge thank you to everyone who came along, the presenters, all who volunteered on the day and last but not least, to Jane O'Sullivan and the Queensland branch for making possible such a successful, well-run and essential event.

 

May 20 2019

SPA Newsletter 135 - May 2019

In this issue you will find a front page story about the winner of the inaugural Mary E White Unsung Hero award, and the fourth Life Membership issued by SPA. Inside are excellent articles from Bill Schlesinger, Crispin Hull, Judith Sloan and Sue Arnold. There's a book review of "Empty Planet" and a report from our hard-working Communications' Manager. And as always, the branch reports, including one that covers the recent successful weekend in Brisbane that included the AGM, a seminar and national executive meeting

Political parties must acknowledge population growth as a leading cause of biodiversity loss

In response to the sweeping U.N. report that says one million species are at risk of extinction, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) urges our federal and state governments and political parties to urgently acknowledge that population growth is a leading cause of biodiversity loss.

The report by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was compiled by nearly 150 authors from 50 nations, working for three years. Each member nation signed off on the findings.

May 8 2019

Prof. Bob Birrell winner of Mary E White Unsung Hero award

Professor Bob Birrell, head of The Australian Population Research Institute (TAPRI), is the inaugural winner of the Mary E White Unsung Hero award.  The winner was announced at the Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) Annual General Meeting in Brisbane on the weekend.

The Unsung Hero award is given to a person who has done outstanding work in the field of population but has largely been unrecognised for his or her achievements.

May 1 2019

Federal election candidates will explain their position on Australia’s rapid population growth at SPA forum

 

Federal election candidates will explain their position on Australia’s rapid population growth at a free public forum on Saturday 27 April, to be held at Griffith University.

 

The forum is organised by the environmental advocacy group Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), in the interests of more open and informed debate about the impacts of population growth.

The forum also includes expert speakers on the topic, including ecologist Dr Hugh Possingham, Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy, and journalist Crispin Hull.

April 23 2019

Results of New TAPRI survey

Immigration –TAPRI survey

April 15 2019

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