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World Population Day 11th July - growth out of control in SEQ

Media release
Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Water crisis, housing crisis, transport infrastructure crisis, hospital crisis and continued destruction of open space and bushland are all the hallmarks that show growth is out of control in South East Queensland, say environmentalists.

A spokesman for Sustainable Population Australia - South East Queensland Branch, said that World Population Day1 is a time to focus on commitment and action to ensure our population is sustainable.

"However, SEQ's population is not only unsustainable, it's out of control," he said. "Every week the growth rate is driving water, energy and transport infrastructure and ecosystems deeper into crisis."

"What a way to celebrate World Population Day! SEQ is in a dismal state of affairs. It's a great example of what not to do," said the spokesman. ?While there are cries of climate change, falling fish stocks and loss of biodiversity, governments fail to tackle the root cause of these problems, unsustainable growth.?

"Never in the history of the planet has the Earth had to support a human population of over 6 billion," he said. "And neither has Australia had to support a population of over 21 million."

"A growing population demands ever increasing amounts of resources to supply it with the goods and services it needs. It also produces ever increasing amounts of waste," said the spokesman. "Our demands on the planet are depriving other species of their habitat and crippling the ecosystems that support life. Quite simply, we are living like there is no tomorrow. It is morally and ethically wrong."

"What is happening globally is being played out in SEQ. We struggle to support further growth and our lifestyle and environment degrades. If we are genuine about saving the planet, SEQ is a classic example of what not to do because growth in SEQ is out of control," he said.

For more information about this important issue:
Sheila Davis, Secretary, SPA-SEQ, Mob: 0423 305478

Sustainable Population Australia - SEQ Branch, Box 199, Mudgeeraba Qld 4213

Footnotes

1. World Population Day, 11 July, was designated by the United Nations in 1987 to raise consciousness about the impacts of overpopulation on the world and to mark the arrival of the five billionth person on the planet. Twenty years later, in 2007, there are an additional 1.6 billion people and the world is headed towards a population of 9 to 12 billion by 2050. The Earth's population has skyrocketed from 1 billion in 1880, to 2 billion in 1930, and now to 6.6 billion.

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"The Earth's population has skyrocketed from 1 billion in 1880, to 2 billion in 1930, and now to 6.6 billion."

Just might want to fix this up, looks a little embarrasing :P

Thanks.
Changed 1980 to 1880.

Sheila Newman, population sociologist
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The forever nice guy and popularist, Kevin 747, while on overseas junkets invites one and all to come to Oz, the land of plenty!

So many take up his invite from all over and end up in Sydney Town, mainly because they've heard of and seen on TV: Sydney Harbour, the Bridge, the Opera House, Bondi Beach, re-runs of Neighbours and, thanks to Tourism Australia, it all looks bloody fab!

So they arrive with expectations of family to follow in tow. Fair enough one may say, except big number one problem Kev has overlooked is the population infrastructure needed for 130,000 net arrivals every year and has not budgeted for the NSW government to cope. Woops!

So Kev's noble gesture has snowballed into NSW Premier Nathan Rees' nightmare in proportions akin to trying to house overflowing prisoners on the Thames in London back in pre-Colonial days of the 18th Century. Now Sydney is drowning in Kevs' migration pressures, flooding housing, roads, public transport, health, schools, childcare, you name it.
But typically, big bully Kev blames newcomer Nat for NSW mismanagement.
And they're both quick to blame the global economic crisis (GEC), or the banks or Wall Street or someone else far enough away on the other side of the world.
How bloody convenient?

Meanwhile, back home Sydney's Railcorp has already promoted 'crush load' as the new 150% train capacity standard on Sydney's unairconditioned trains (so what's your problem?). Now we can expect Calcutta's forth class initiative to better utilise the underutilised train roof as the new commuting standard.

Kevin 747, your dreams belong in heaven.