Climate of the Nation 2016: Australian attitudes on climate change

Climate of the Nation 2016: Australian attitudes on climate change

Climate of the Nation is Australia’s longest running survey benchmarking community attitudes on climate change. Research shown here, and that of others, has identified mid-2012 as marking the low point in support for climate action. Expectations have been rebounding since that point – when the scare campaigns met
the reality of the carbon laws in action. Their repeal didn’t halt this trend.
 
While public support for renewable energy - including wind, but particularly solar - over coal and gas, has grown, so also has Australians’ frustration with Australian politicians for not supporting it more. There is widespread disappointment with the performance of all levels of government, as well as business. This is clearly articulated in the views Australians hold in relation to their performance in taking climate action.
 
There is widespread disappointment with the performance of all levels of government, as well as business. This is clearly articulated in the views Australians hold in relation to their performance in taking climate action.
Perhaps repairing the increasingly chronic distrust of politicians can start with climate action. In Australia, at least, climate and energy policy has been a major feature on the political stage for many years. Credible and, ideally bipartisan, climate action could also help with this broader distrust and alienation.
 
Australia will be reviewing its climate policies in 2017 and has also committed, internationally, to consider post-2030 emissions reductions targets at this time. It will do so, not only as other nations step up their activities in line with their commitments under the Paris climate agreement, but also as the global investor community becomes increasingly attentive to climate change risks and opportunities.
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