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Population Impacts: Letter to Mark Wakeham, CEO, Environment Victoria

"Mark, I am fully aware that your job must be challenging and frustrating at times, but ignoring the elephant in the room – the increasingly obvious negative impacts of population growth - is putting EV and all who care for our environment on a never ending hamster wheel of frustration, disappointment, and ultimately hard earned campaign money down the gurgler. Unchecked population growth is having a ratchet effect, steadily increasing the pressure on the environment and reversing previous efforts to protect it. " (Jenny Warfe)

Critique of Environment Victoria's 'Six Steps to Water Leadership' workshop

Thanks for the invitation to be involved in your recent Water leadership workshop. I enjoyed the experience.

Regarding my point about population in the notes you took and have reproduced below, I think your notes play down the problem and don’t reflect the entirely of what I said.

On the current trajectory Melbourne would be 8+ million by 2050- just 34 years away. And it is irresponsible to represent the issue as having any chance of stopping there.

If Environment Victoria continues to duck its population charter, then it should step down as a 'peak' body


Christopher James writes that he thinks that it is very wrong-headed for Environment Victoria to claim that, although they recognise the importance of population issues impacting on sustainability & the environment, they are not going to campaign on this because they feel that a state-based organisation cannot make a difference because the federal government sets population policies. Surely one of their core activities could be to pressure and educate the state government who in turn could pressure the federal government to reduce immigration.
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