Past Events | Sustainable Population Australia

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.

Past Events

SPA will launch new documentary 8 Billion Angels

 

An excellent new feature length documentary on overpopulation will be screening as part of Melbourne's film festival.

Sustainable Population Australia will collaborate with our international colleagues Earth Overshoot for the Australian debut screening 8 Billion Angels.

SPA Communications manager Michael Bayliss will open the screening with an introductory speech.

"8 Billion Angels takes the audience across the world, weaving together the voices of people around the world as they confront the growing impact of overpopulation on their lives and provides real solutions to steer us on the path to lasting sustainability and prosperity for the earth and all of its inhabitants."

8 Billion Angels will screen on February 25th at Nova Cinema, Carlton at 08:30pm.  A link to the transition film festival and film trailer can be found here.  At this stage, SPA will be organising group booking tickets for a discounted rate of $11.  If you are interested in taking part of the group booking offer, please contact media@population.org.au  by Friday 14th February.

We are very exctied and honoured to be taking part in the screening of what promises to be a cinematic powerhouse with a strong, clear message.

See you there!

February 7 2020

SPA Launches Stop at 2 Campaign

 

No matter where we live in the world, the decisions we all make about our family size makes a huge difference

Having children is a significant life event that has impacts, both positive and not so positive.  Our position in society, sense of belonging, and how we are judged by others is often affected by whether or not we are parents or have a traditional family.  Whilst parenting can often bring great joy, it can often bring many difficulties, including financial stress and major lifestyle changes.  Then there are environmental considerations, such as the impact of more feet on the planet and the concerns in bringing up a child into world facing many environmental and societal issues.

Did you know that in Australia, the decision to have one less child makes a much larger difference in terms of carbon offset that any individual changes in consumption or lifestyle choices?

This is not only the case in Australia with our high per capita consumption.  According to Project Drawdown, educated and empowered women with access to family planning have smaller families on average.  This not only has the largest impact in reducing climate change of all the measures assessed by Project Drawdown, but is also a moral issue. It affects gender equality, fairness, and mitigating the pain of millions of unwanted pregnancies globally every year.

That means family size choices are critical, no matter where you live on planet earth.

This is why SPA has launched our new ‘Stop at 2’ Campaignto encourage smaller families.   We wanted to find out firsthand the human experience around deciding whether or not to have children and the tough choices almost all of us will need to grapple with one day.

In our video Talking Heads: Choosing to have Children….or not we interviewed six Australians from very different backgrounds and walks of life.  They bravely share their experiences to the camera around whether or not to have a family after considering host of factors including their careers, activism and the state of the world.

In Tough Crowd – Jude Perl meets the Baronesses, comedian Jude Perl interviews three proud child free women “The Baronesses”  who started a social and advocacy group to celebrate and normalise women who choose to be child free.  They share both humorous anecdotes and challenges in regards to reactions from friends and family as they debunk the myths and assumption from wider society.

Speaking of comedian Jude Perl, she was interviewed by famous comedian Rod Quantock on her own experiences of being child free on SPA’s very first episode of Tough Crowd.  Jude shared with Rod her reasons not to have children (both personal and environmental),  her experiences of including her child free experiences in her stand up shows,  and she concludes with a performance of her self-written child free anthem “Let’s Hang Out.”

Of course, SPA understands that a change in attitudes towards smaller families needs to happen on a global scale.   In a recent interview with the ambassador of Costa Rica, he shares how his country achieved a non-coercive, inclusive family planning program that has a seen a reduction in fertility since the 60s and a more stable, happier population as a result.

On February 25, SPA will be supporting the launch of the film 8 Billion Angels for Melbourne’s Transition Festival.  This film, made by the team at Earth Overshoot, details the scale of impact that humans are having on the globe and presents empowerment of women and access to family planning as a solution.  They interview local family planning advocates in India as a case example.  Our communications manager Michael Bayliss will open the screening with an introductory speech.  More details on the screening can be found here.

SPA is pleased to share that our international colleagues are also working on population and family planning campaigns.  For example, World Population Balance in the USA are Crowdfunding for a billboard campaign (link here).   ScientistWarning.Org are generating interest for a United National Framework convention on population growth (link here).  Although SPA cannot always share the exact same position or focus of our international colleagues, we applaud the initiatives being taken all around the world and invite individuals to visit these links to decide whether you would like to get involved.

We will conclude by screening our videos across several capital cities later this year along side a feature length documentary on small families.  Watch this space.

February 5 2020

Launch of SPA Discussion Paper: Population growth and Infrastructure in Australia: the catch-up illusion

Sustainable Population Australia (SPA) launched our discussion paper: Population growth and infrastructure in Australia: The catch-up illusion.

The launch was held in Sydney, November 26,  hosted by Professor Bob Carr (SPA Patron) and Leith Van Onselen from MacroBusiness, lead author of the paper.  It was very well attended by a cross section of the community, including concerned residents, envrionmentalists, academics and the media.

This paper and the launch is the culmination of several months’ effort by the SPA team.

  • A link to the full report can be found here
  • The media release can be found here
  • An attachment to Leith van Oselen's presentation slides can be found in the attached pdf below

This paper should stimulate public awareness and discussion and influence our political leaders to take more seriously the issues of population growth.

You can help to add to the ‘buzz’ about this new paper by sharing this link with your friends and family.  If you are Twitter or Facebook users, please go to the SPA Facebook and Twitter pages, to share or re-tweet the post, which will be found as a pinned post at the top of the page.

  • Facebook link here
  • Twitter link here...  If you are tweeting, you may like to include some hashtags such as the following: #auspol #infrastructure  #populationgrowth  #population  #planning

With the ongoing support from SPA members and supporters, this will be the first of a series of well-researched, professional papers which will challenge mainstream thinking about population numbers.

 

Link to the discussion papers page
 

 

November 25 2019

OFFICIAL LAUNCH - Population growth and infrastructure in Australia: the catch-up illusion

Official Launch

with Professor the Hon. Bob Carr

and Leith van Onselen, MacroBusiness

 

Population growth and infrastructure in Australia: the catch-up illusion

A new report commissioned by

Sustainable Population Australia

 

Tuesday 26 November 2019, 10am

The Metcalfe Room, State Library of NSW,

Macquarie St, Sydney

 

This is a FREE event. Includes morning tea.

RSVP your attendence at Eventbrite - Link Here

October 28 2019

Conversations for Change

 

A workshop on talking about population


Saturday 9th of November,
2pm to 4.30pm
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts,
280 Pitt Street, Sydney

The workshop will help you skilfully, confidently, and with empathy, talk about population
with a friend, family member or colleague. It’s about grass roots communication and will
include navigating misunderstandings, defensiveness, and other barriers to open, calm
and honest conversation.

Common fallacies about population will also be covered, and a summary ‘pocket
resource’ of responses to myths and barriers will be given to each participant. 

Kay Dunne, Vice-President, SPA NSW, will facilitate the workshop. Kay is an
experienced educator in management development, as well as a facilitator and trainer in
corporate strategy and organisational performance. You can talk to Kay about the
workshop at kaysdunne@yahoo.com.

The event is free but you must register:
 
www.eventbrite.ie/e/conversations-for-change-tickets-75821272467

October 10 2019

VicTas Branch AGM - “The need for accessible family planning”

Sustainable Population Australia

(Victorian and Tasmanian branch)
Annual General Meeting

 

Saturday October 5th 2019 at 2.00 pm

Hawthorn Library meeting rooms 3-4, 584 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122

NOMINATIONS for COMMITTEE POSITIONS:

Financial members of SPA may nominate for any committee position, President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary or committee member

To nominate, please email before 27th September to victas@population.org.au

or write to: RETURNING OFFICER, SUSTAINABLE POPULATION AUSTRALIA, Victorian and Tasmanian branch, P.O.BOX  556 Hawthorn 3122 to arrive before Friday September 27th

 

Following formal proceedings, our guest speaker will be S.P.A. member:

Dr. Graeme Dennerstein on the topic

“The need for accessible family planning”

 

Dr. Graeme Dennerstein, a member of SPA for almost 10 years graduated in medicine in 1961 from the University of Melbourne, qualified as a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist in 1968 and continues to work in this specialty. He has researched and published on many aspects of his specialty.  His interest in family planning started shortly after he qualified as a specialist with his appointment as the foundation Director of Victoria’s second teaching hospital family planning clinic (Footscray Hospital). Other appointments included medical secretary of Family Planning Victoria. Graeme completed service in the Royal Australian Air Force Reserve Medical Branch as the Consultant Gynaecologist to the Director-General of Air Force Health Service. Holding a pilot licence has enabled him to provide a specialist outreach service for rural hospitals and work in aviation medicine.

Last year he donated his services as a pilot to SPA when he flew photographer Tanya Fry over Melbourne producing some spectacular images of Melbourne’s ever widening spread (images can be seen on the SPA website www.population.org.au).

 

Look forward to seeing you there!

Free parking is available near the venue.

Please join us for afternoon tea following the seminar!

 

 

October 3 2019

SPA VicTas Branch Stall at Melbourne Eletrikhana

 

The Victoria and Tasmania branch of SPA have been invited to host a stall by the organisers of the Melbourne Electrikhana.

 

The event is run by the The Australian Electric Vehicle Association,  which will showcase the latest electric cars, including free test drives, information and a range of community stalls.

 

Details of the event:

 

SATURDAY 14th SEPTEMBER  10.00AM - 4.00PM

METEC DRIVING TRACK at Kilsyth South. 82-112 Colchester Rd, Bayswater North (Kilsyth) 3153

Entry by donation

Link to the website here  and in pdf attachment below.

 

This is unique opportunity for Sustainable Population Australia, in which we can can actively take part on a wider conservation on sustainability, including clean technology.

The stall will be run by enthustiastic members of the Victoria and Tasmania branch and will include information, booklets, and copies of 'Growing For Broke.'

 

September 13 2019

Can We Curb Our Growth Obsession – Is Bigger Always Better?

When:  World Population Day, Thurs 11th July, 6pm to 07:30pm

Where:  Melbourne, Victoria
             New Internationalist Bookshop, Trades Hall

 

Australia’s Economy is centred on the belief that we need GDP and Population growth for prosperity.  However, GDP tells us nothing about quality of lives, and gives no regard to the depletion or degradation of natural resources.

This event will explore alternative (Non-GDP) models for progress from New Zealand and Costa Rica, and discuss the impacts of population growth on town planning and climate change.
Presentations will be followed by a panel/Q&A sessions, with refreshments including wine and cheese.

This event is open to all members of the public

 

Event Speakers

 

Kelvin Thompson (Event MC)

Kelvin is a former Federal MP and President of Sustainable Population Australia (Vic/Tas).  He is passionate about the environment, and supports ‘population reform’  to ensure a more sustainable future for Australia.

 

Bronwyn Plarre

Bronwyn is an activist who has worked with the Climate Guardians & Galilee Blockade among other groups. She is an active member of Urban Coup, an organisation that is focused on community based resilience.

 

Mark Allen

Mark is a former planner and environmental campaigner who co-founded Population Permaculture and Planning and started the holistic activism movement to promote less conflict and more critical thinking into activism.

 

Michael Bayliss

Michael is the Communications Manager for Sustainable Population Australia. He is a long term grassroots environmental activist, with a particular interest in post-growth societies.

 

 

This is a free public event with limited seating capacity (40 people). This event is in recognition of world population day and the event has been facilitated by the Victorian and Tasmanian branch of Sustainable Population Australia.  However, this event serves to promote a diversity of views and perspectives on the the topics of post-growth societies and population growth. Therefore, we strongly encourage an environment that mutually respects different opinions.

Thank you to the New Internationalist Bookshop for hosting this event.

 

Please find link to the Facebook event here

June 28 2019

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