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SPA at Sustainable Living Festival 2018

9 February 2018 - 11 February 2018

In what is now a yearly tradition, Sustainable Population Australia will be at Melbourne’s Sustainable Living Festival (SLF) in February.


Volunteers from the Victoria and Tasmania branch will be holding a SPA information stall during the SLF Big Weekend.  The Big Weekend runs from 9 – 11 February at Melbourne’s Federation Square and Birrarung Marr.

With thousands of people attending the Big Weekend, this is one of the biggest opportunities of the year for the branch to reach out to the wider community on the issue of population.


Our enthusiastic volunteers and members have been working hard behind the scenes in the lead up to this year’s festival in planning the stall the key messages to share to the public.  The stall will also be selling books written by past and former members of SPA such as Growing For Broke by Peter North, Dynamic Balance by Martin Tye and Rules of Animal and Human Populations by Sheila Newman.


Find out more about the SLF Big Weekend here


SPA members Michael Bayliss and Mark Allen will also be running at workshop Town Planning Response to Climate Change as part of the Sustainable Living Festival.


At the workshop you can learn about how current town planning models affect the environment. We’ll discuss ways to change town planning systems and communities to reduce their environmental impact.


The impacts of population growth on our town planning system will be highlighted and discussed in depth.


When 23rd of February from 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Where Michael’s intentional community home in Preston, Melbourne

Stay to watch the the documentary Lamnas – UK’s first planned EcoVillage at 08:30pm.


Experience tells us this workshop is a great way to introduce the importance of town planning and population issues to people who are new to these ideas, particularly for younger people who are feeling disaffected by the current property market.


We encourage SPA members to pass on information about the workshop to anyone who they feel may benefit from attending.


Find more about the workshop here.

Book tickets click here. Please note that this workshop is by donation on arrival.


We would also like to draw attention to the fact that one of the key speakers for this year’s SLF, Paul Hawken, is a strong advocate for global population sustainability, where his Project Drawdown has evaluated that reducing fertility is one of the biggest and most cost-effective contribution to emissions reduction.


Find out more about Paul and the rest of the Sustainable Living Festival at their site here.


If you are around in Melbourne during any of these events over February and would like to come along to support or say hello.  We’d love to see you.





9 February 2018
11 February 2018
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