Most Australian adults believe that the climate is changing and that human activity is at least partially to blame. Most of us want action to be implemented now to address this pressing problem.
Unfortunately, climate change is not at the top of the list of future concerns that keep us awake at night.
A June 2018 survey by foreseechange has found that climate change is the ninth most highly rated future concern out of 12 rated by over 1,000 adults.
Top of the list is the cost of living, followed by security of personal information. At least climate change rates ahead of unemployment and interest rates.
Until climate change rates much more highly as a future concern, there will not be enough pressure placed on politicians to act decisively.
In the mean time, a different approach to dealing with climate change is needed, rather than what we have been doing over the past quarter of a century. This is the subject of a forthcoming report.