An article has been published in the New South Wales Daily Telegraph newspaper to clarify the age of Australians when it comes to speaking their mind.
A new survey from Ipsos shows that a majority of people aged 18 to 29 now agree that “the time is right for Australia to make political and social changes”.
“This means that Australians should be able to speak out about the issues that are important to them, rather than be silenced,” Dr. Richard Wrangham, Ipsos’ chief executive, said.
“This is a major step towards a society in which we are more open and honest and where people can be heard and respected for the ideas they have to offer.”
“There is a significant gap between those aged 18 and 29, so when we say that we are ‘at the end of the line’ and that we ‘need to make a change’ it is only fitting that the first generation to make this decision would be those born in the 1950s.”
A new Ipsos poll has found that a quarter of Australians believe that Australia should make political changes to address climate change and climate change denial.
A third of Australians, however, believe that the time is not right for change to be made.
Ipsos surveyed 1,005 Australians aged 18 or over from January 1 to March 30, 2017, and found that 46% of Australians agreed that Australia needed to make changes to tackle climate change.
Another 31% believed that the changes should be made now.
Just 15% of people agreed that they needed to wait until the end to make the changes.
“The results show that Australians are beginning to realize that changing the climate is not the time to wait for change,” Dr Wranham said.
He said Australians are increasingly looking for solutions and “it is clear that we must act now to make climate change a reality.”
“Australia needs to lead the way, not be left behind,” he said.
Australia is the only developed country that has not yet ratified the Paris climate agreement, and Dr Wrengham said Australia was not doing enough to stop climate change because of its inaction.
“Australia’s inaction is contributing to the worsening of the climate crisis, and the country’s inaction has made climate change more expensive and harder to combat,” Dr Janna Guttman, research fellow at the Australian National University, told the Australian Financial Review.
The study also found that “a significant proportion of Australians (27%) have made no commitment to change their beliefs”.
The survey results are likely to be of concern to climate change advocates, who have been warning that the country could be headed for a new round of extreme weather.
The recent heatwave in Australia was the hottest in recorded history and left at least 5,000 people dead.
Dr Guttmann said Australia had already experienced extreme weather events that cost more than $20 billion in lost wages and other damages.
“It will be an ongoing challenge to keep Australia moving towards climate neutrality and avoiding dangerous climate change, but it will be even more challenging to achieve this if we don’t address the climate change that has already caused this climate crisis,” Dr Gittman said.
Dr Wranham said the research findings are important because they indicate that “people can have a voice, even if they don’t believe in what they are saying”.
“These are the results of a new poll which shows that we should be looking at this issue of what is the right way to make change to protect the environment,” he added.
Dr Guttam said Australians needed to learn to talk their minds.
“There are people in Australia who have the power to make decisions for the planet, and it is time to give them the power,” she said.
Dr Wannam said that it was important that Australians understood that “we are all connected and the best way to do that is to work together, not to stand alone.”
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