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15 October 2019

Stopping population growth critical to ending hunger

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 …

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11 October 2019

Bigger cities less safe for girls

Growing cities have many problems but not least is the growing insecurity and exploitation experienced by girls, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). SPA bases this on the report by Plan International called Unsafe in the City that focusses on five cities including Sydney. The report states that: “As our cities’ populations grow, we are …

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29 September 2019

New animation spells out perils of growth

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) has launched a new six-minute animation ‘The Endless Growth Paradigm’. It details why it is critical that Australia breaks away from a system of endless population and economic growth. SPA National president, Sandra Kanck, says Australia’s population grows by nearly 400,000 every year, the equivalent of a new Canberra. “At this …

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23 September 2019

Summit needs to address whether we want population growth or not

According to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), today’s Population Summit in Sydney needs to go beyond the issue of accommodating population growth and ask the question: do we actually want it? SPA national president, Ms Sandra Kanck, says the Summit boasts an impressive selection of speakers but none on environmental limits to growth. “Sydney is projected …

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7 September 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). The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) brought into effect the 17 SDGs in January 2016 and they will continue until 2030. The SDGs include the goals of ending poverty and …

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16 August 2019

10th anniversary of Kelvin Thomson’s global population speech

Tomorrow it will be exactly 10 years since I spoke to the Parliament describing increasing population as the underlying cause of the world’s problems. I listed each of them – global warming, food crisis, water shortages, housing affordability, overcrowded cities, traffic congestion, species extinctions, fisheries collapse, increasing prices, waste, terrorism and war – and described …

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14 August 2019

Growing congestion in our cities: infrastructure costs make us all worse off

The latest Infrastructure Australia assessment shows, yet again, that red-hot population growth is causing congestion and frustration in our cities, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA). Infrastructure Australia has warned that investment in infrastructure is not keeping up with population growth. The report has estimated the cost to the economy of transport congestion in our …

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29 July 2019

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 …

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29 July 2019

Bob Birrell receives SPA unsung hero award

On July 20th, Professor Bob Birrell met with the Victoria and Tasmania branch of Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) to receive his award as the inaugural winner of the Mary E White Unsung Hero award. The winner was announced at the Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) Annual General Meeting in Brisbane in April. Bob was presented his award …

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21 July 2019

Annual population growth passes 400,000: unsustainable

Australia’s total population growth has soared past 400,000 in the figures released yesterday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. According to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA), this is completely unsustainable in environmental, economic and social terms. SPA National President, Sandra Kanck, says 61.4 per cent of total growth (404,800) was from net overseas migration (248,400 people). …

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