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An independent not-for-profit organisation seeking to protect the environment and our quality of life by ending population growth in Australia and globally, while rejecting racism and coercive population control. SPA is an environmental advocacy organisation, not a political party.

Health and Food

COVID-19 and Population - an update

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May 4 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

Climate change, population growth the greatest threats to food security: advocates

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA)  was interviewed on SBS  as a result of our media release for world food day.

"Advocates are urging policy-makers to help reverse population growth and prepare for the effects of climate change to counter food insecurity."


See the full link to the 3 minute podcast here

October 16 2019


(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

Submission in Response to the Issues Paper to Inform Development of a National Food Plan

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), was formed 23 years ago, and was originally known as Australians for an Ecologically Sustainable Population. We are the only environment group in Australia with a specific population focus.
Among our aims and objectives, the following are relevant to the issues paper and motivate our response:
  • To contribute to public awareness of the limits of Australian population growth from ecological, social and economic viewpoints,
September 6 2015

Submission by Sustainable Population Australia on the treatment of Agriculture in the UNFCCC

Sustainable Population Australia welcomes the opportunity to submit perspectives on the treatment of Agriculture in the international climate change discourse.

September 6 2013

Water to get more scarce, more expensive 15th July, 2010

A new study says Australia's water supply problems are only going to get worse as the population soars towards 45 million by mid-century. The report by Australia's major water utilities estimates demand for water will increase by almost 1 trillion litres by 2056 based on a population of 31 million people. The worst-case scenario indicates more than 1.5 trillion litres may be needed if Australia reaches 45 million.

September 16 2011

Asia needs to invest more to feed population - FAO 7th July 2010

(Reuters) - Asian countries need to increase investment in food production by 50 percent to $120 billion a year to ensure they can afford to feed their large and growing populations, a United Nations' body said on Wednesday. With the number of hungry people in the world increasing by about 100 million to 1 billion last year, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said food production in the developing world had to double by 2050.

September 16 2011

One-third of world's population without access to surgical services 7th July, 2010

More than two billion people, mostly those with low income or living in poor countries, lack access to surgical treatment and sites, according to a study of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).

September 16 2011

Vic Gov to trash Melbourne's water recycling market gardens for quick bucks in thirsty new suburbs

We have here an example both of the damage done in the service of unnecessary population growth and the failure to offset some of that damage by retaining a superb working food production area which also puts water to excellent re-use. Yet we are still subjected to harangues by suprisingly well-publicised so-called 'green' activists who basically argue for 'smart growth' and have been doing so for years in the face of the entrenchment of just the opposite. You can't help wondering what's in it for them.

September 16 2011