Public Cooling: Australians Care Less About Climate Change
Concern in Australia dropped in the past year by 14 per cent – the largest drop among the developed nations surveyed.
A new international survey has found Australians no longer care about climate change as much as they do about domestic issues and the financial crisis.
The survey looks at attitudes towards climate change in 12 different countries and found concern in Australia dropped in the past year by 14 per cent – the largest drop among the developed nations surveyed.
The Climate Group, which advises governments and businesses on low-carbon policies, was one of the groups that commissioned the survey.
The group’s CEO Steve Howard says Australians do still care about climate change.
“Around the world, four out of five people want to see a good global deal in Copenhagen,” he said.
“Are people a little bit less concerned than this than 12 months ago or two years ago? Yes they are, but we’ve just had a global financial crisis and I think we’ve seen a reordering of people’s priorities.”
Copyright 2009, ABC
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