Media Releases 2017 | Sustainable Population Australia

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Media Releases 2017

STOPPING POPULATION GROWTH CRITICAL TO ENDING HUNGER

(media release October 15 2019)

This year, World Food Day (October 16) calls for action to make healthy and sustainable diets
affordable and accessible to everyone. If this is to be achieved, population growth must be slowed
and even reversed, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

Sandra Kanck, SPA national president, says more than 80 million people in the world go hungry,
thousands of whom die every year, and even more are malnourished.

October 16 2019

BIGGER CITIES LESS SAFE FOR GIRLS

 
(Media Release, October 11th, 2019)

 

Growing cities have many problems but not least is the growing insecurity and exploitation experienced by girls, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

SPA bases this on the report by Plan International called Unsafe in the City that focusses on five cities including Sydney. The report states that:

October 11 2019

NEW ANIMATION SPELLS OUT PERILS OF GROWTH

 

(media release 29/09/2019)

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has launched a new six-minute animation ‘The Endless Growth Paradigm’. It details why it is critical that Australia breaks away from a system of endless population and economic growth.

SPA National president, Sandra Kanck, says Australia’s population grows by nearly 400,000 every year, the equivalent of a new Canberra. 

September 29 2019

SUMMIT NEEDS TO ADDRESS WHETHER WE WANT POPULATION GROWTH OR NOT

 

(SPA media release, 23 September 2019)

According to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), today’s Population Summit in Sydney needs to go beyond the issue of accommodating population growth and ask the question: do we actually want it?

 

SPA national president, Ms Sandra Kanck, says the Summit boasts an impressive selection of speakers but none on environmental limits to growth.

 

September 23 2019

10th Anniversary of Kelvin Thomson’s Global Population Speech

(Media Release from Kelvin Thomson, August 16, 2019)

Tomorrow it will be exactly 10 years since I spoke to the Parliament describing increasing population as the underlying cause of the world’s problems.

I listed each of them - global warming, food crisis, water shortages, housing affordability, overcrowded cities, traffic congestion, species extinctions, fisheries collapse, increasing prices, waste, terrorism and war - and described the role that population growth was playing in fuelling them.

August 16 2019

Growing congestion in our cities: infrastructure costs make us all worse off

The latest Infrastructure Australia assessment shows, yet again, that red-hot population growth is causing congestion and frustration in our cities, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

Infrastructure Australia has warned that investment in infrastructure is not keeping up with population growth.

The report has estimated the cost to the economy of transport congestion in our capital cities to be $39.6 billion annually by 2031, due to lost productivity.

August 14 2019

Bob Birrell Receives SPA Unsung Hero Award

On July 20th, Professor Bob Birrell met with the Victoria and Tasmania branch of Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) to receive his award as 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 in April.

Bob was presented his award certificate by VicTas branch president Kelvin Thomson along with local SPA members.  Members met with Bob at a local cafe to celebrate his win in person and to give appreciation to his many achievements.

July 29 2019

Earliest ever Earth Overshoot Day

Sustainable Population Australia has voiced great concern that Earth Overshoot Day (EOD) is occurring three days earlier than last year. In 2019, it is 29 July, the earliest ever.

According to the Global Footprint Network, EOD marks the date when humanity's annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth's ecosystems can regenerate in that year. In 1971, it fell on 21st December, but now we use those same services the earth provides inside the first seven months of the year.

July 29 2019

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

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