New research from The Australia Institute has found that two thirds of Australians believe the country is facing a climate emergency and that the Government should mobilise all of society to tackle the issue.

The research was conducted in November 2019, before the worst of the current bushfire disaster had hit, but the results still indicate a clear message that Australians demand climate action.

Key findings:

  • Two in three Australians (66 per cent) agree that Australia is facing a climate change emergency and should take emergency action. Only one in four Australians (23 per cent) disagree.
  • Two in three Australians (63 per cent) agree that governments should mobilise all of society to tackle climate change.
  •  A majority of Coalition (56 per cent), Labor (74 per cent) and Greens voters (80 per cent) agree that governments should mobilise all of society to tackle climate change.

Deputy Director of The Australia Institute, Ebony Bennett, said the findings of the research indicate that Australians understand how serious the climate crisis is and they want the government to respond accordingly.

“Across all major states and voting intentions, people are worried and want action. This is an Australia wide phenomenon and can no longer be fobbed off by the Government as an ‘inner-city’ or ‘Canberra-bubble’ concern,” Ms Bennett said.

“Our research has shown that overwhelmingly, Australians think our country is facing a climate emergency and that less than one quarter of Australians disagree.

“Since the beginning of this fire season, the images of devastation spreading across the country have been distressing for many and most want to see all of society mobilised in response.”

Ms Bennett also discussed ways in which the government could tackle the climate crisis 

“The Government should start by introducing a levy on fossil fuel producers to create a National Climate Disaster Fund. Such a policy is supported by 62 per cent of Australians and would help to shift the financial burden of these fires from Australian households, businesses and taxpayers.”