Adelaide conference to discuss impact of increasing population

3 April 2009

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Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) will hold its national AGM and a mini-conference in Adelaide tomorrow which will address the issues of population in relation to climate change, peak oil and economics.

Incoming national president of SPA, Ms Sandra Kanck, says that Australians are already living unsustainably, and growing our population simply adds to the problems of climate change and peak oil.

“It is timely that the national conference of SPA be held in South Australia, given the stupidity of the Rann Government’s determination to continue the growth of South Australia’s population.

“Clearly we do not have enough water to sustain our current levels of population, and, while our political leaders fail to recognise this, members of the public increasingly do.

“But as long as Labor and Liberal politicians fail to recognise the true impact of increasing population numbers, more and more money will have to be spent on increasingly more expensive techno-fixes such as the proposed desalination plant” said Ms Kanck.

Speakers at tomorrow morning’s conference, which will be chaired by outgoing national president, Dr John Coulter, will be:

Professor Barry Brook, Professor of Climate Change, University of Adelaide

Dr Michael Lardelli, Beyond Oil South Australia

Dr Phil Lawn, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Economics, University of Adelaide

Mark O’Connor, poet and author of the book “Overloading Australia”, which was launched in Adelaide last night.

The conference, which is open to the public, will be held from 10.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. in Room G03 in the Napier Building, University of Adelaide on Saturday, 4th April.

Further comment: Sandra Kanck 8336 4114 or John Coulter 8223 5155


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