Almost two thirds (63.1%) of Australians think it’s ‘important’ or ‘very important’ that political leaders commit to immediately take serious action to tackle climate change, a Reachtel poll commissioned by AYCC has found.  That view is strongly held - nearly half of all those polled said it’s ‘very important’ that leaders act.  

In light of the recent school strikes, the poll also found that a clear majority of Australians (54%) support the student strikers’ demands of stopping Adani, leaving fossil fuels in the ground, and switching to 100% renewable energy. Of this, a sizeable proportion (42%) ‘strongly support’ them.

“In March, 150,000 people from all walks of life took to the streets to stand with students and demand meaningful action on climate change, including stopping Adani’s coal mine.

“It shows people are looking for climate leadership, they are fed up with inaction and they’re ready for a bold vision for what our future could look like,” Kelly Albion, Campaigns Director at the AYCC said.

Other key findings of the poll include:

  • 54% of people agreed that it is no longer in the national interest to dig new coal mines in Australia, because the mining, export and burning of coal is this country’s largest contribution to climate change.
  • More than three quarters (75.9%) of Labor voters agree with the above statement and support a transition beyond coal.
  • More than 9 out of 10 (92.8%) Labor voters believe it's ‘important’ or ‘very important’, that political leaders commit to immediately take serious action to tackle climate change.
  • More than two thirds of Australians would support a review of the Adani coal mine's environmental approvals, should new evidence of its impacts emerge.

“While the internal divisions within the Liberal and National parties over coal are plain for all to see, these results send a clear message to Labor, too. This election campaign, all parties need to state their position on coal and climate.  Chaos from the Coalition, and silence from Labor is not going to cut it with the community, who are demanding real action,” Kelly Albion concluded.

Full results of the poll can be found here.

Kelly is available for interview. For interviews and media enquiries:

Alex Fuller - Communications Manager, AYCC - 0437316331 or alex.fuller@aycc.org.au