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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

Submission to the High-Level Champions on the Roadmap for Global Climate Action

In June 2016, the High Level Champions for Climate Action, appointed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, requested submissions on their Roadmap for Cimate Action following the Paris climate agreement. SPA's submission explains how greater support for voluntary family planning in high fertility countries is critical for achieving a "safe" climate limited to 1.5-2oC. Emissions projection scenarios which achieve sufficient emissions reductions all assume much lower global population growth than the UN's current projection.

August 11 2016

Submission re the Clean Energy Legislation 2013

The content of this submission is included in the PDF version attached. The conclusions are thus:
 
Conclusions:
The Government’s claimed concern about power bills is insincere and dishonest.
 
To demonstrate sincere concern about Australian household cost of living, the Government should conduct an inquiry into the impact of population policy choices on the Australian economy.
 
September 6 2015

Climate Change not the only challenge for small island states

High population densities are as much a challenge for small island states as is climate change, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

World Environment Day is June 5, and this year aims to raise awareness about the impact of climate change on small islands states around the world.

National president of SPA, Ms Jenny Goldie, says many small island states have high population densities, which increase the pressure on already limited resources, particularly fresh water.

June 6 2014

Ending population growth a critical mitigation tool

Ending world population growth as soon as possible is critical if the world is to limit global warming to 2oC, according to Sustainable Population Australia (SPA).

Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in its report issued yesterday said ‘urgent action’ is needed if we are to keep within the internationally agreed limit of 2oC.

April 14 2014

Submission by Sustainable Population Australia on the treatment of Agriculture in the UNFCCC

Sustainable Population Australia welcomes the opportunity to submit perspectives on the treatment of Agriculture in the international climate change discourse.

September 6 2013

Reducing population growth can help climate mitigation

The current record-breaking heatwave that has affected continental Australia is a symptom of climate change, according to Sustainable Population Australia Inc. (SPA).

SPA national president, Ms Sandra Kanck, says reducing population growth is an integral part of climate change mitigation.

January 15 2013

Ten Nations at 'Extreme Risk' Because of Water Shortages, Report Says 13th July 2010

Ten countries worldwide, including five African nations, are at "extreme risk" because of limited access to clean, fresh water, according to a new global water security index. And the effects of climate change and population growth will exacerbate the stress on these water supplies, potentially threatening stability in many regions, according to the analysis by Maplecroft , a UK-based consulting group.

September 16 2011

Sea levels 'could rise by more than 1m' 7th July 2010

Climate change could drive up sea levels by twice as much as previously predicted, a scientist has warned at a Canberra conference.

September 16 2011

Charities warm to climate - April 6

Philanthropic support for climate-change issues tripled in 2008.

September 16 2011

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