Media Releases 2020 | Sustainable Population Australia

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Media Releases 2020

Media Release: New report finds nothing to fear from an ageing population

NEW REPORT FINDS NOTHING TO FEAR FROM OUR AGEING POPULATION

EMBARGOED until Wednesday 28 October 2020

A discussion paper released this week finds that an ageing population is ‘more of a silver lining than a silver tsunami’. In a classic case of the cure being worse than the disease, the paper concludes that federal government policy of rapid population growth to off-set ageing brings far greater problems than any brought on by ageing itself.

October 26 2020

Bob Brown’s comments on population welcomed

(Media release, 18/10/2020)

 

Bob Brown’s call for Australia to lead a mature discussion about the need to reduce global population growth has been welcomed by the president of environmental advocacy group Sustainable Population Australia.

October 18 2020

WORLD CONTRACEPTION DAY - SUPPORT FOR CONTRACEPTION CRITICAL

(SPA media release 24th September 2020)

(SPA also contributed an opinion article to The Overpopulation Project  for World Contraception Day.  Link to the article: "Why global support for contraception is critical in the pandemic age"  can be found here)

 

September 25 2020

EARTH OVERSHOOT DAY RETREATS THREE WEEKS, BUT FOR WRONG REASON

(SPA media release August 20, 2020)

 

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) welcomes the retreat by three weeks of Earth Overshoot Day, from 1 August last year to 22 August this year. SPA, however, regrets that the Covid pandemic has been the cause, rather than deliberate government policy to reduce the impact of human activity on the planet.

 

August 20 2020

The sky will not fall due to slower population growth

(SPA media release 27/07/2020)

 

Treasury projections that Australia’s population growth rate in 2021 will drop to 0.6 percent from 1.6 percent due to the Covid-19 pandemic has been welcomed by Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

The Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has encouraged Australians to have more babies to bolster a flagging economy.

 

July 27 2020

WORLD POPULATION DAY 2020 - PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND GIRLS DURING COVID

 

(SPA media release, 09th July, 2020)

 

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has called for the rights of women and girls to be protected during the COVID-19 crisis, particularly with respect to reproductive health.

 

World Population Day is celebrated on 11 July, and this year’s goal is to raise awareness of women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health needs and of their vulnerabilities during the pandemic.

 

July 9 2020

UNSUNG HERO AWARD GOES TO CANBERRA RESIDENT

At its national AGM on Saturday, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) awarded the annual Mary E White Unsung Hero award to Colin Samundsett of Farrer.

Dr Mary White was a renowned author and paleo-botanist who died two years ago. She had been one of five Patrons of SPA.

SPA National President, Hon Sandra Kanck, says Colin Samundsett was the kind of member that every organisation wished for: committed to its ideals and prepared to put the time into making it work.

May 25 2020

DEAL WITH POPULATION GROWTH AS WELL AS CLIMATE CHANGE THIS EARTH DAY

(media release 21 April 2020)

Population growth is as much a threat to the integrity of Earth’s ecosystems as climate change and must be addressed with equal urgency, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

This Wednesday 22 April marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970. The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate change.

The first Earth Day saw huge rallies across the US. It led to important US legislation such as the Clean Air Act, as well as the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

April 20 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