Aug 03, 2007 - 5:34am
Increased water restrictions, droughts, heatwaves and intense bushfires
have catalysed growing concern about climate change into a top tier
political issue, with Australians hungry for political leadership and a
plan to cut greenhouse pollution. These were the main findings of the
first comprehensive review of Australians attitudes to climate change
and its solutions which was released today by The Climate Institute.
change impacts are hitting home, intensifying expectations of our
leaders for a plan to cut greenhouse pollution and switch to clean
energy,” said John Connor, Chief Executive, The Climate Institute.
report “Climate of the Nation: Australians Attitudes to Climate Change
and Its Solutions” is based on quantitative polling and face to face
research conducted exclusively for The Climate Institute and other
publicly available research.
Polling of 1000 Australians conducted
last weekend for the Climate Institute, and included in the report,
shows that 80% Australians want a plan from the Government to cut
greenhouse pollution with legal targets for 2020 and 2050.
It also shows:
- 86% support for a quarter of Australia’s electricity generation to come from clean energy like wind and solar by 2020
- 84% support for legislation for more efficient homes and cars
- 83% agree Australia should lead the world in clean energy (solar, wind and geothermal) use.
The report shows Australians:
- Have a growing understanding that climate change is already happening
- Are particularly concerned about water resources and the impact of water restrictions
- Believe that Australia should lead and is not yet doing so
- Are worried about their children’s future (both jobs and environment).
“The community is consistent and clear about the solutions they expect
to see from Government. Australians understand that there is no single
energy solution and that we need decisive political leadership to cut
greenhouse pollution, switch to a clean energy future and help stop the
worst impacts of climate change.”
“Polling of almost 1000
Australians last weekend confirms that climate change is a potential
vote changer and there is room for either major party to seize
leadership on this issue.”