Concern about climate change in steep decline. The Australian Bureau of Statistics this morning reported a marked decline in the concern of Australians about climate change. The Bureau’s Environmental Views and Behaviour Survey shows that at a a national level, concern about climate change has decreased from 73% of people in 2007-08 to 57% in 2011-12. A higher proportion of people living in the Australian Capital Territory (67%), Tasmania (63%) and Western Australia (62%) were concerned about climate change compared with other states and territories.
Climate change is only one area where concerns and attitudes to the environment have shifted over the past few years. In 2011–12, 62% of people aged 18 years and over were concerned about environmental problems in general in Australia compared with 82% in 2007–08. This general decline coincided with a decline in concern about water shortages (89% in 2007–08 compared with 64% in 2011–12) and an increased proportion of Australians who thought the condition of the natural environment — up to 50% in 2011–12 from 29% in 2007–08.