Environment

EARTH ON DOWNWARD ECOLOGICAL SPIRAL FOR 46 YEARS

This year, 2 August is Earth Overshoot Day, the day we have spent 100 per cent of this year’s ecological income. It marks the 46th year that we are using more ecological services than the Earth can provide, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

SPA National President, Dr James Ward, says every year the day gets earlier and earlier.

“This year, it is 2 August. Last year it was 8 August; in 2015 13 August and in 2014, 19 August. From 1997 to 2004 it was in September,” says Dr Ward. “We lived within our ecological means up until 1971 and have been on a downhill spiral ever since.”

August 1 2017

Sustainable Population Australia at Sustainable Living Festival

The Victoria and Tasmania branch will be making our presence felt during Victoria's Sustainable Living Festival this month.  During the Big Weekend 10 - 12 of February, we will be having a stall near Federation Square Melbourne.  Volunteer branch members will be actively engaging with the wider public on population sustainability and its relation to environmental issues.

February 7 2017

Regional Development Conference 2016

In September VicTas Branch President, Michael Bayliss, represented SPA as a speaker.

Michael Bayliss Regional Development Conference by Sustainable Population Australia

December 8 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

Submission to the High-Level Champions on the Roadmap for Global Climate Action

In June 2016, the High Level Champions for Climate Action, appointed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, requested submissions on their Roadmap for Cimate Action following the Paris climate agreement. SPA's submission explains how greater support for voluntary family planning in high fertility countries is critical for achieving a "safe" climate limited to 1.5-2oC. Emissions projection scenarios which achieve sufficient emissions reductions all assume much lower global population growth than the UN's current projection.

August 11 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

Answers from Political Parties 2016

Some weeks ago SPA sent a questionnaire to six political parties asking for their policy positions re population issues. In summary, we sought to find out from each of them:

  1. Their views on the optimum population for Australia and the basis for their figure;

  2. Whether they recognise that there are environmental constraints to population growth and which constraints are the most significant;

  3. Skilled migrant intake versus training local workers;

June 16 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

Submission in response to the “Guide to the proposed Basin Plan”

17th December 2010
 
The Chairperson
Murray-Darling Basin Authority
 
Submission in response to the “Guide to the proposed Basin Plan”
 
Dear Chair,
Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) is a nationally-based environment group, and is the only environment group in Australia which campaigns on the need for an ecologically sustainable population.
 
September 6 2015

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