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SPA at Sustainable Living Festival 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.

January 24 2018

ABC Refuses to Discuss Population

For the second year running SPA has sought a meeting with the ABC Board to discuss the ABC's failure to address the population issue, and for the second year running we have been refused.

This letter is that second request.

January 18 2018

SPA Newsletter 130 - Dec 2017

In this issue you will find a report on the ‘second warning to humanity’ by over 15,000 scientists, a similar one to that issued in 1992 but more serious as the situation is now worse.

There is also the summary of the Australian Population Research Institute (TAPRI) study that finds Australians are tired of the population ponzi. You can read how Dick Smith is ramping up his fight on the population issue.

There are four book reviews and obituaries of two very-much-missed SPA members, as well as branch news.

 

President's Message October 2017

I imagine what I’m about to write will be met with a mixed response, but I wanted to talk about it anyway. I read an interesting article last week, and found myself agreeing with some significant aspects of what the author (David Roberts) said. Basically Roberts’ message is that population is, rightly or wrongly, simply too “hot” a topic to broach without alienating one’s audience.

October 10 2017

26th September is World Contraception Day

With tomorrow being World Contraception Day, Australians should reflect on the worldwide advantage to be gained by the rollout of contraception in developing nations, says environment NGO Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

National President of SPA, Dr James Ward, is calling on government to increase funding for contraception in Australia’s aid budget. Currently it stands at $3.9 billion this year, down from over $5 billion under Labor.

September 27 2017

President's Message September 2017

I write this note from a hotel room in Melbourne. There’s a lot going on around here – I’ll be keen to see it when it’s finished.

 

The people I met with yesterday (a community group interested in urban agriculture – one of my fields of research) mentioned that many of the high-rise apartment blocks in the city are half-empty, while we passed multiple sites that were scheduled to be demolished to “make way for more housing”. Weird.

 

September 22 2017

SPA Newsletter 129 - Sept 2017

Contents
Colin Butler on slowing migration
Bob Birrell on the visa reset
Bob Kinnaird on the visa reset
Jenny Goldie book review
Branch reports
Treasurer’s report to the AGM
President’s snippets

DICK SMITH’S NEW BOOK ‘WELCOME’

Sustainable Population Australia welcomes Dick Smith's new book "Fair Go", in which he points out the irrefutable costs to Australia's environment and way of life, if our current rate of population growth continues. Housing affordability is only one of the casualties of Australia's past decade of supercharged population growth.

"It is sad to see that so much of the media response has failed to engage with Dick's arguments, but instead tried to discredit him with accusations of racism," said SPA national president Dr James Ward. "Over the past decade, Australia has had the highest immigration rate in the developed world. It is not racist to suggest that the numbers should be moderated."

August 19 2017

EARTH ON DOWNWARD ECOLOGICAL SPIRAL FOR 46 YEARS

This year, 2 August is Earth Overshoot Day, the day we have spent 100 per cent of this year’s ecological income. It marks the 46th year that we are using more ecological services than the Earth can provide, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

SPA National President, Dr James Ward, says every year the day gets earlier and earlier.

“This year, it is 2 August. Last year it was 8 August; in 2015 13 August and in 2014, 19 August. From 1997 to 2004 it was in September,” says Dr Ward. “We lived within our ecological means up until 1971 and have been on a downhill spiral ever since.”

August 1 2017

President's Message July 2017

Wow. What a week it’s been. Popular academic news blog, The Conversation, has run a whole series on population titled “Is Australia Full?”, with several of the articles included as links in the eNews below. This includes an article led by SPA’s Peter Martin (President: SA branch); Peter’s article attracted over 360 comments, and was then re-posted on The Guardian news site, where it drew a further 1,000+ comments. I recognised some names in there, so thanks go to SPA members for contributing to that discussion.

July 21 2017

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