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Australia’s COVID-19 recovery must question our breakneck population growth

SPA is one again on the pulse to debate on the society that we want after COVID-19  and to ensure that we break from the past mistake that have lead us to our current predicaments.

SPA Member and VicTas branch committee member Hamish Burns had an articles published on this very issue in the esteemed journal 'Independent Australia'

We republish below with Hamish's permission

June 27 2020

COVID-19 and Population - an update

(image by Anna Shvets via Pexels)

 

May 4 2020

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE - a game changer article in the media

(From SPA eNews April #2 2020)

 

In a COVID-19 world I think we are all on the alert to find kernels of wisdom coming from commentators and opinion leaders. The one which stands out for me came from respected Australian author and critic, Christos Tsiolkas, who made a powerful comment in an article in the Sydney Morning Herald titled ‘Were so many of us wrong?’ Because it was well into the article, I suspect many would not have mined deep enough to find it, but here it is:

April 17 2020

Burn For You - National President New Years Message

Post-election our Prime Minister ironically promised he would burn for us every day. I’ve seen no sign of him burning: the continent seems to be doing it for him.

While climate change related bushfires are front of mind for Australians at the moment, it is useful to reflect that the emissions contributing to climate change and these mega-fires were produced twenty years ago.

Then, earth’s population was 6 billion, now it’s 7.7 billion.

January 3 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

Dr Mary E White Unsung Heroes Award

(From President Message, SPA eNews January #1 2019)

 

How do we cut through the arguments?

 

President Message eNews September #2 2018

 

I was talking with our NSW Branch President, Graham Wood, who was expressing despair about a friend of his who was totally dismissive of the concerns that SPA has about the sort of future we face if governments around the world do not address the population issue. He read out to me what he had written in the small hours of the morning in response to that uninformed and dismissive attitude, and he has agreed to share it with you.

September 23 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

Teaching students about overshoot

What happens when a professor teaches students about over-population? Chris Bystroff, interviewed on the Overpopulation Podcast has observed they go through the stages of grieving: Denial, Bargaining, Anger, etc. Eventually most reach Acceptance but the startling fact is that most have never even heard of the issue.

Population has almost completely fallen off the radar - or at least in the US. In Australia at least, it's re-emerging with thanks to groups such as SPA.

April 30 2018

SPA swings into the ABC population debate

Have you noticed the sudden unexpected coverage about population on the ABC?  On the 12th of March, 4 Corners ran an episode called ‘Big Australia - Are We Ready.’, Directly following this was a panel discussion QandA on ‘A Big Australia’. Since then, population has continued to be one of ‘the’ major topics of discussion in the mainstream media, including ABC radio and the mainstream press such as Fairfax and News Ltd.

March 27 2018

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