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Web Series with Rod Quantock needs YOUR suport

 

SPA is very excited to share that we are joining forces with the highly loved Melbourne Comedian ROD QUANTOCK to make a web series exploring the topic of population growth!

TOUGH CROWD will be a first of a kind series . Rod will be interviewing other comedians and entertainers to discuss the challenges and difficulties they face when discussing population in wider society.  

This series has HUGE potential to draw interest from wider society. Interviews will share their experience with a poignancy and flare that will be engaging and informative.

Furthermore, if Rod has anything to do with it, the web series will also be raucously funny. If there is one thing our movement needs, it is a generous dose of HUMOUR.

It is a project that SPA has never tried before. It is CRITICAL during this time when mainstream society is actually talking about the issue that we are ready to step up to the challenge and reach out to the ‘Tough Crowd’ out there.

To make this project a success, we need YOUR help.

Many SPA members are now aware of our CROWDFUNDING campaign, which we have launched to raise funds for the series.  Support for our campaign has been hugely positive so far, we have raised $3000 so far with 2 weeks left to go to reach our target of $4500.

Funds are needed for the production cost of the series, including reimbursements for the interviewees, venue higher, editing and promotion.  We also need to to purchase additional film equipment to make this series snappy and professional.

We would be hugely grateful if you were to have a look at the site and consider giving a pledge.  It can be as small as $2, every little bit counts and furthermore it is tax deductible!  For those who choose to pledge more, there are some good rewards up for grabs.  These include your name on the credits , a free CD from my band, all the way through to your own personal lunch with Rod Quantock himself!

It would also be fantastic if you could share this crowd funding campaign with your family, colleagues, networks, fellow resident group members or activists, or indeed ANYONE.  Not everyone is in a position to join SPA, but they may be keen on this project if they are concerned about population - or if they are a Rod Quantock fan!

Every cent will count.  We are living in a time when  Australia is around the corner from hitting a population of 25 million. Melbourne is now heading upwards of 9 million by 2050, and Australia is growing by the size of a new Canberra every year. We are concreting over our farmland, we are expected to run low in water within a decade and Australia has one of the highest rates of land clearing in the world.  We NEED to get the message out there.

Please visit the crowdfunding webpage here to find out more and to leave a pledge

 

June 17 2018

Two brand new projects to widen the population discussion. Help us for as little as $2.00!!!

 

We have launched our first ever on-line crowd funding campaign (in addition to the end of financial year appeal).  Crowd funding is an increasingly popular way for people to raise money to set up specific projects and can be a great way to gain exposure and a new audience. 

 

SPA is raising funds to launch a mini web series called 'Tough Crowd'. We are excited to announce Melbourne Comedian Rod Quantock has come on board to assist.  In his relaxed and amusing 'conversations in the pub' style Rod will interview fellow comedians, entertainers and others about the challenges faced in discussing population in the wider community.  SPA is seeking support through our Pozible campaign to fund the whole project, including equipment costs, expenses for our ‘actors’, venue hire, promotion and all the other costs associated with the challenge of making a video series!

 

The Pozible campaign can be found here and Rod Quantock's lively promotional video here.  We would be delighted to have your support and ask too for you to encourage friends, family, and your networks to play a part.  This project may appeal to people who might not otherwise consider joining SPA – but they have to know about it first! Even if they choose not to fund the project it is still good publicity.

 

We are also proud to announce that our PopCulture web page is now up and running - you can find it here.  Have a look at our youth unemployment video and share it. Be proud because you and other SPA members previously helped fund this through a donations drive. This site will host future PopCulture videos. That same video can also be found on our newly reinvigorated YouTube channel here. While we plan to undertake online promotion of the videos you, as members, can play a role by sharing them widely, especially with those particularly affected by issues such as job insecurity and housing affordability.  Who knows, after seeing the videos they too may be motivated to contribute to our ‘Tough Crowd’ campaign!

(From e-news president message, Sandra Kanck - National President)

June 3 2018

SPA South Australian Branch to Blitz the Adelaide Environment Fair

 

The SPA South Australia Branch will be hosting a stall at the World Environment Fair, 2-3 June, at the Wayville Showground in Adelaide.  Find out more details below.

http://worldenvironmentfair.org.au/

We anticipate this event will be a fruitful ground for spreading the news about the need to limit population. 

Our former national President, Dr James Ward, will also be delivering a talk at the Environment Fair called ‘Big Australia, Small Planet’ on Saturday 02nd of June around 2pm.  James describes the talk as following:

Environmental impact depends on both population and per-capita consumption levels. The relationship between these factors is complex and strangely divisive. This talk will explore some of the difficulties we encounter when we try to discuss population and consumption.

Also on Saturday SPA supporters Animals Anonymous will be presenting at 12 noon on ‘Australian Animals.’ Animals Anonymous are only too aware of the impact that human population growth has on the species we share the continent with.  They also run a podcast, and are definitely worth checking out on their website or their Facebook page.

If you are in Adelaide over the weekend,  SPA and our presenters would love to see you there for your presence, support and feedback.

SPA run a hugely successful stall in February for Melbourne's Sustainable Living Festival.  We’re likewise expecting big things for the SA branch this weekend!

May 31 2018

NOTICE OF NATIONAL SPA AGM 2017 AND AFTERNOON SEMINAR

This year the NSW Branch of SPA is hosting the National AGM of SPA in Sydney at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts (SMSA), 280 Pitt St Sydney, in the Mitchell Theatre (Level 1) on Saturday 29th April.

Current members are welcome to participate in the AGM at 10am. All members of the public are welcome to the afternoon forum: "Population - the way forward" at 1pm. This will include speakers James Ward (incoming national president) and Graham Wood (NSW branch president).

Hope to see many of you there!

April 27 2017

Program for public meetings of SPA-SA/NT March-June 2017

All events are in the Seminar Room, ground floor, Conservation Council of SA, 111 Franklin St, Adelaide city

Date

SPA Review’ Event

Speaker

Book and Blog Alert

Tues 28 March 7.30pm

The Arrival of the Anthropocene

John Tons

Michael Lardelli

Wed 3 May 7.30 pm

Using the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) to present a case for an end to population growth in Australia.

Plus a report on the Ecological Economics Conference, Adelaide, Jan 2017

Peter Martin

tbc

Wed May 31 7.30 pm

Energy and the Wealth of Nations

Understanding the Biophysical Economy, by Charles Hall.

This (expensive) book is reviewed at http://www.resilience.org/stories/2012-06-11/energy-and-wealth-nations/

 

Michael Lardelli

 

tbc

Wed June 28

7.30 pm

Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads and the Steady State Solution, by Brian Czech.

John Coulter

tbc

SPA-SA/NT holds monthly ‘SPA Review’ nights at which books and other materials that have strongly influenced members are outlined and discussed. An innovation for 2017 will be a 5-min ‘Book and Blog Alert’ segment when certain key papers, postings or other information is reported and links provided. Note that volunteers to present this Alert at the May and June nights are still needed. Members, friends and other members of the public are welcome, and there is no charge. Refreshments are provided.

 

For more details contact SA-NT branch president Peter Martin (0417 776 494, poitgm@hotmail.com), or secretary Dr Michael Lardelli (michael.lardelli@adelaide.edu.au).

March 12 2017

SPA Reviews - SA/NT Branch

Timetable for 'SPA Reviews' meetings of SPA (SA-NT) June-Nov 2016

Last Wed in the month, 7.30 pm, Seminar Room, Conservation Council of SA, 111 Franklin St, Adelaide

29 June 7.30 pm, ‘For the Common Good’ – the 1989 classic by Herman Daly that introduced his ideas on the steady state economy to many readers, as well as his views on population and other aspects of sustainability. Peter Martin

27 July 7.30 pm, ‘Limits to Growth’, the 1972 classic from the Club of Rome that modelled the economic, consumption and population growth patterns of that time into the future – and scared the pants off the authors. Rob Fowler will also look at the latest revisits to this modelling. Adjunct Prof Rob Fowler

31 August 7.30 pm, Energy lessons for humanity from ‘The Upside of Down' by Thomas Homer-Dixon. Dr John Coulter

28 Sept 7.30 pm, The Anthropocene (Speaker recommends https://theconversation.com/the-banality-of-ethics-in-the-anthropocene-p...).
John Tons

26 Oct 7.30 pm, Speaker is the author of "Challenged Earth: A Overview of Humanity's Stewardship of Earth", published by Imperial College Press in 2006. Prof Stephen Lincoln, Hon Visiting Research Fellow, Uni Adel.

30 Nov 7.30 pm tbc

June 21 2016