Who Cares About Climate Change?

  • Bruce Tranter
  • Libby LesterEmail author
  • Lyn McGaurr
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication book series (PSMEC)


In this chapter we analyse national survey data from the Australian Survey of Social Attitudes to examine the relative importance of climate change vis a vis other environmental issues of concern to Australians. We ask to what extent Australians believe that climate change is occurring, and what they think causes it. We show how a range of social and political background characteristics, and the type of media Australians rely upon for their news and information, is associated with their attitudes toward climate change. We then seek to better understand how the Australian environmental movement has tackled (or failed to tackle) the issue, using our interview data to explore the issue from the perspective of EMO leaders and Greens politicians.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TasmaniaHobartAustralia
  2. 2.University of TasmaniaHobartAustralia
  3. 3.University of TasmaniaHobartAustralia

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