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Human population growth is not only a significant threat to our quality of life, but to the very ecological systems that sustain our unique environment.
Our population is booming. Last year the Earth's population hit seven billion, with 21 million of those living in Australia. Our national population is predicted to more than double by 2050.
With a rapidly ballooning society to support, Australia’s natural resources are being placed under extreme pressure. Some of the most direct consequences of unmanaged population growth can be seen in our unsustainable energy use, the excessive generation of waste products and an increasing loss of native habitat.
If we make a commitment to pursuing and promoting policies that stabilise population and consumption levels, we can transform our economy and restore our precious biodiversity.
In a submission under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act), the Australian Conservation Foundation has nominated human population growth as a "key threatening process" to Australia’s biodiversity.
We are calling on the government to set a population policy that will:
Encourage migration policy that fulfils environmental, social and ethical obligations, rather than perceived economic needs.