Population growth is hurting our planet, now

AUSTRALIA has a higher growth rate than that of many developing nations, so a debate on our future population is well overdue.

In the driest inhabited continent, with the poorest of soils, determining a sustainable population must be a priority.

Yet we are led to believe that population growth is not only inevitable, but that our future prosperity depends on it. 

But growth is neither a solution to our demographic imbalance – which it merely serves to propel and magnify it into the future – nor is it a requirement for economic development.

Our growing cities, with greater congestion and longer commuting times, result in less leisure opportunities and worsening air pollution, contributing to the diabetes and obesity epidemics and increasing cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. 

Increasing population density squeezes health-promoting green space out of urban centres, and suburban sprawl is overtaking