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Submission – Peter Hopper 15/2/11
Issues Paper on a Sustainable Population Strategy for Australia
Name: Peter Hopper
Suburb and State: Manly, NSW
Date of Submission:15/2/11
A Sustainable Population Strategy
Q1: What issues do you think a Sustainable Population Strategy for Australia should address?
Consumption: The need to curb and reduce Australia’s over-consumption.
Population and the Environment
Q2: What do you think are the key indicators of an environmentally sustainable community?
Efficient resource use.
Q3: How have changes in the population impacted on your local environment?
Q4: How might technological or governance improvements mitigate the environmental impacts of
Better regulate those industries behind the constant drive for Australians to over-consume.
Q5: How do population driven changes in your local economy affect your environment?
Q6: What lessons have we learnt that will help us to better manage the impacts of population
change on the environment?
Curb the perception that we can keep consuming without limit.
Population and the Economy
Q7: What do you see as the defining characteristics of a flourishing and sustainable economy?
Happy people not focussed on what they can consumption ... because they are happy with what
Q8: Is your community, business or industry facing skills shortages or other immediate economic
pressures, and how are these best managed?
Yes. People are time-poor, because they spend too much time consuming (in all its manifestations).
Q9: In the decades to come, what challenges and opportunities will our economy face, and how
will they interact with changes in our population?
- The need to reduce pollution.
- The need for better public transport.
- The need for a less consumption-focused society.
- The need to improve the health of people & their environment.
Q10: How should we measure the sustainability of our local, regional and national economies?
Develop & implement a universal measurement & analysis tool (eg. ‘ecological footprint’, or similar)
which can be used by individuals, communities of any size, through to national.
Population and Communities
Q11: What are the things that make your community a good place to live?
A healthy and respected natural environment. Unfortunately the built environment is not respected
in the same way so suffers all the same problems as other areas (ie. litter, over development, etc).
Q12: How have changes in the population changed the way you live your life?
Our family of three live in a two bedroom unit, survive perfectly well without a car or mobile phone or
annual overseas holidays. We might otherwise endulge beyond our current lifestyle ... if we thought
the environment could handle it.
Q13: What sustainability issues need to be addressed in order for your community to accommodate
a changing Australian population?
A much higher expectation (or compulsion) on businesses & industries to meet sustainability criteria.
Q14: What are some useful indicators to help measure the liveability and sustainability of our
The existence of a mechanism to recognise (and for consumers to therefore be able to choose)
products & services which are the best available based on them having the least environmental
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