Climate change sceptics on Victoria's endangered list

Climate change is real and nine out of 10 Victorians believe it. That's according to new research out today showing 91 percent of Victorians believe climate change is happening and it's caused by human activity.

Research commissioned by Sustainability Victoria shows climate change deniers are now a rare breed - just four percent saying there's no such thing.

Among the 3300 surveyed, one in three rank global warming among their top three concerns.

Who will fix it?

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D'Ambrosio says the research confirms the state government's position on climate change and investment to reduce its impact.

"Victorians accept the evidence of science and know that climate change is not only real, but that government, industry and the wider community must work together to fight it."

Probably one of the most exciting findings is the positive attitude Victorians have toward climate change - four in five believe they can take meaningful action to reduce it.

And 93 percent believe that as individuals, we all have a responsibility to do something.

That's where TAKE2 comes in. This state government climate change initiative provides support, information and motivation to Victorian individuals and organisations on reducing their climate change pollution.

Find out more and make the TAKE2 pledge here.

The study also found that:

  • 93 percent of us believe business and industry should do more
  • three quarters believe urgent action is needed to combat climate change.

The state government aims to reduce Victoria's climate change pollution by 15 to 20 percent (from 2005 levels) by 2020, and to net zero emissions by 2050.

  • Our approach is comprehensive," says Minister D'Ambrosio. "There's investment in new sources of energy but we're also investing in energy conservation and more efficient buildings so the energy we produce is not wasted.
  • Climate change is a complex issue. We need a strategic approach, long term investments, not short-term, headline-driven 'quick fixes.'"

Recent Victorian Government announcements include:

  • A $5 million home energy upgrade program to help up to 1,000 homes cut their energy bills in the La Trobe City,  Baw Baw and Wellington shires. There will be a similar $6 million program for Melbourne.
  • $5 million to support large scale energy storage initiatives to strengthen our electricity system.
  • In January, Yarra Trams announced plans for its fleet to go solar via a new 75 MW solar farm to be built in regional Victoria.
  • 116 wind turbines were approved for western Victoria in December.

 

You can view more of the research findings here