It is estimated that Australia's population will reach 36 million by 2050, stressing our cities, social cohesion and fragile ecosystems. Even for a country built on immigration, the continuing high rates of population growth are testing the consensus of national identity and demand a visionary approach to imagine a different future.
Prosper or Perish explores the limits to growth and investigates ways to find a balance between growth, diversity and sustainability in a shrinking world.
A major lead essay by award winning author and ABC presenter Peter Mares explores the tensions between a humanitarian and an environmental approach to migration and population, with a look at the emergence of an anti-growth movement and political party and an evaluation of how we measure economic growth and quality of life.
Additional essays, memoir and reportage from Tom Griffiths, Brendan Gleeson, Anna Maria Dell’oso, Raymond Evans, and many more provide insight into the science and policy behind sustainability, plus stories and lives of immigrants, refugees and expatriates that fled to foreign lands and made their way to Australian shores.