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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

Political parties must acknowledge population growth as a leading cause of biodiversity loss

In response to the sweeping U.N. report that says one million species are at risk of extinction, Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) urges our federal and state governments and political parties to urgently acknowledge that population growth is a leading cause of biodiversity loss.

The report by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was compiled by nearly 150 authors from 50 nations, working for three years. Each member nation signed off on the findings.

May 8 2019

SPA's submission to the Senate Environment Committee's inquiry into Australia's Extinction Crisis

Australia faces the dubious record of having nearly 500 threatened fauna species. This our submission to the Senate enquiry currently underway.

Upload the attachment to see our response.

Fauna Extinction Crisis 10 09 18.pdf

September 18 2018

Growth squeezes species

In 2010, The Australian Conservation Foundation nominated human population growth as a key threat to biodiversity in Australia.

Their submission outlines areas where the pressure is greatest. For example: In 2005, 60% of Australia’s coastal councils had an annual population growth rate greater than 3%, or at least twice the national average.

Now in 2018, what's changed? Not much. Australia's population is still marching on at a rate that puts us among fastest growing nations in the OECD. Meanwhile we've seen more sensitive habitat squashed by development.

July 28 2018

World Environment Day June 05 - Sustainable Population Australia Media Release

 

The world’s population is predicted to climb from 7.5 billion to 11 billion by 2100. Given our impact is already higher than Earth’s carrying capacity, such an increase in human numbers will make it impossible to improve or maintain any environmental objective.

June 5 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

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

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