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Population growth puts sustainability goals out of reach.

Continuing rapid population growth in poorer countries is putting achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) out of reach, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

July 10 2019

World Population Day – Sustainable Population Australia Victoria challenges growth at free public event as Melbourne’s population heads towards 12 million.

09 July 2019

World Population Day – Sustainable Population Australia Victoria challenges growth at free public event as Melbourne’s population heads towards 12 million.

July 11th is World Population day, marking the 30th anniversary since the global population hit 5 Billion on 11th of July, 1989.  This week, it will be 7.7 billion, and UN estimates it will reach 11.2 billion by 2100.

July 8 2019

Can We Curb Our Growth Obsession – Is Bigger Always Better?

When:  World Population Day, Thurs 11th July, 6pm to 07:30pm

Where:  Melbourne, Victoria
             New Internationalist Bookshop, Trades Hall

 

Australia’s Economy is centred on the belief that we need GDP and Population growth for prosperity.  However, GDP tells us nothing about quality of lives, and gives no regard to the depletion or degradation of natural resources.

This event will explore alternative (Non-GDP) models for progress from New Zealand and Costa Rica, and discuss the impacts of population growth on town planning and climate change.
Presentations will be followed by a panel/Q&A sessions, with refreshments including wine and cheese.

This event is open to all members of the public

 

Event Speakers

 

Kelvin Thompson (Event MC)

Kelvin is a former Federal MP and President of Sustainable Population Australia (Vic/Tas).  He is passionate about the environment, and supports ‘population reform’  to ensure a more sustainable future for Australia.

 

Bronwyn Plarre

Bronwyn is an activist who has worked with the Climate Guardians & Galilee Blockade among other groups. She is an active member of Urban Coup, an organisation that is focused on community based resilience.

 

Mark Allen

Mark is a former planner and environmental campaigner who co-founded Population Permaculture and Planning and started the holistic activism movement to promote less conflict and more critical thinking into activism.

 

Michael Bayliss

Michael is the Communications Manager for Sustainable Population Australia. He is a long term grassroots environmental activist, with a particular interest in post-growth societies.

 

 

This is a free public event with limited seating capacity (40 people). This event is in recognition of world population day and the event has been facilitated by the Victorian and Tasmanian branch of Sustainable Population Australia.  However, this event serves to promote a diversity of views and perspectives on the the topics of post-growth societies and population growth. Therefore, we strongly encourage an environment that mutually respects different opinions.

Thank you to the New Internationalist Bookshop for hosting this event.

 

Please find link to the Facebook event here

June 28 2019

Annual population growth passes 400,000: unsustainable

Australia’s total population growth has soared past 400,000 in the figures released yesterday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. According to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), this is completely unsustainable in environmental, economic and social terms.

SPA National President, Sandra Kanck, says 61.4 per cent of total growth (404,800) was from net overseas migration (248,400 people).

June 21 2019

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

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