Media Releases 2016 | Sustainable Population Australia

Media Releases 2016

ENVIRONMENT-POPULATION GROUP MOURNS LOSS OF CSIRO SCIENTIST DR DOUG COCKS

Environment group, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), is mourning the death of Dr Doug Cocks who died in Canberra earlier this week.

Dr Cocks wrote the 1996 book People Policy – Australia’s population choices following a frustrating period as adviser to the 1994 federal parliamentary committee examining population policy chaired by Hon Barry Jones MP.

SPA national president, Ms Sandra Kanck, says Cocks’ book was an antidote to the Jones Inquiry which managed to avoid making any recommendations on what Australia’s population-immigration policy should be.

November 10 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

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

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

Joint MR: Throw a spanner in the negative gears

Australia needs to be part of a global economic transition away from the pursuit of endless growth, and away from a world where those with capital and short-term interests call all the shots, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) and Economic Reform Australia (ERA).

March 12 2016

Media release: 24 million people is nothing to celebrate

Today Australia’s population is predicted to reach 24 million, having come much faster than some were expecting. In October 2009 it was 22m, 23m in March 2013, now in Feb 2016 we have hit 24m. Each extra million is arriving at a faster rate, the consequence of exponential growth - and it will get worse.
Environment group, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) asks what 24 million people means for Australia. SPA’s President, Sandra Kanck, says the answer is congestion, loss of biodiversity, impossible demands on infrastructure, water shortages, more climate change, more urban sprawl and astronomical real estate prices. “The Australian government has no overarching plan for managing these problems which will only get worse with still more people”, says Ms Kanck.

February 16 2016

Media release for Thomas Malthus’s birthday

Tomorrow, 13th February, is the 250th anniversary of the birth of English population pioneer, Rev Thomas Malthus (1766-1834) who warned of the dire consequences of population growth.
With the world population of 7.4 billion still growing at more than 80 million a year, it is time we focused more on population control, says environment group Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

February 14 2016