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GetUp and Environmental Movements stand united in denial of population growth

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“GetUp sees population stabilisation as being somewhat conflicting with GetUp’s desire to see increased refugee intakes in Australia, and therefore its messaging may become blurred.”

So GetUp chooses to omit reference to:

  • Extreme population growth driven by mass migration of relatively wealthy opportunists into Australia at the expense of refugees
  • The fact that many Key Performance Indicators of the Australian economy indicate that extreme population growth may be damaging both the economy and the environment, making Australia less able to increase both philanthropic foreign aid and refugee intake

GetUp, at its discretion, seems intent on not addressing whether extreme population growth is actually a root cause of the global humanitarian and environmental problems it wants to solve.

By adopting this attitude GetUp plays into the hands of Government pro-growth extremism supported by the media's focus on the asylum seeker debate while a covert mass migration policy continues "by stealth and without consensus."

Human rights and sustainable development are presumably the core motivations of these organisations:

  • The Australian Greens
  • GetUp
  • Greenpeace
  • Australian Wilderness Society
  • Australian Conservation Foundation
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Australian Council of Social Service

So if rational thinking indicates that these organisations are all acting against humanity and the environment, shouldn't they be open to constructive criticism and agree to review their strategies in the public interest?

GetUp recently circulated a list of issues seeking votes from members to "democratically" determine which issues were considered most important to them. GetUp included Climate Change and omitted Population Growth Management (the cause of emissions growth far exceeding the capacity of the proposed Carbon Tax to reduce emissions) despite the latter being rated by polling as one of the Top 15 2013 Federal Election issues. Meanwhile, nearly all the issues GetUp regards as worthy of "fighting for" are adversely impacted by this root cause.

Proof of Australia’s economic decline exacerbated by the extreme population growth supported by all major parties; including the Greens?

Comments

Before joining or supporting any environment or planning group, it's best to check their population policy, or their attitude to population growth. Ignoring the "elephant in the room" is hypocrisy and time wasting. We have enough green Pharisees as it is!

At the dawn of agriculture, about 8000 B.C., the population of the world was approximately 5 million. Over the 8,000-year period up to 1 A.D. it grew to 200 million. In 1989 there were 5.2 billion people globally, today there are 7.2 billion, and we are heading towards 10.9 billion by 2100. Rapid population growth has already complicated efforts to reduce poverty and eliminate hunger in Africa, whose population of 1.1 billion is expected to more than double by 2050. The Global Footprint Network estimates that by 2030 we will need two Earths to meet our demand for renewable resources, and if everyone in the world lived like the average American, we would need at least five planets to support us.

Do these organisations think that the impacts of swelling numbers of people have no impacts on the environment, ecosystem destruction, natural resources depletions and the stretching of natural systems. By 2045, the report states, the effects of climate change, coupled with global population growth -- particularly in urban areas -- will increase the severity of humanitarian crises, especially since the majority of urban areas will be vulnerable to flooding due to being on or near the coast.

Organisations trying to address wildlife declines, environmental cause, humanitarian issues, and planning schemes should all have relevant population policies to be honest and effective.