Imagine, Australian politicians taking serious action on climate change and sustainability.
We think, together, we can make it happen.
In 2019, we’ll have a federal election. We’re going to vote for the party that puts forward the policy on climate change closest to what scientists recommend - whatever that party may be. We’ll pledge that now.
By ourselves, doing this might not change much. But, what if there were a million other Australians like us – pledging to vote based on this single, critical issue.
And, what if those million voters got together and formed one big voting bloc. That'd be a million tangible votes on offer for good environmental policy. With the power of our votes, we could work with climate scientists and environmental interest groups to lobby for good climate policy and politicians would want to listen.
We could match the might of the mining lobby. And, maybe then, we could finally get climate policy in the public interest.
We hope you'll be one of those million voters with us. It’s bold to put your vote on a single issue when there are so many important ones out there, but this issue is worth it.
Can this work?
There are enough Australians who care about climate change to make this work.
As of March this year, there were 16,115,265 Australians on the Electoral roll. To reach our target of one million voters, we need a little over 6% of enrolled voters to get on board.
The Climate Institute’s 2017 Climate of the Nation Report reported that 71% of Australians believe that climate change is occurring and 57% accept that human activity is the primary driver of that change.
Also in 2017, the Lowy Institute published a survey (of 1,200 nationally representative adults) showing that 54% of Australians endorse that ‘global warming is a serious and pressing problem [and] we should begin taking steps now even if this involves significant costs’.
According to The Climate Institute, most of us also want Australia to be an ‘international leader on climate change action’ (63%), particularly in renewable energy technologies. In fact, The Climate Institute reported that 96% of Australians ‘want Australia’s future energy mix to be dominated by renewable energy [and a] majority of Australians want traditional coal generation out of the mix within the next 20 years (60%)’ (2017, p.5).
All we need is 6%.
The Lowy Institute's survey summary is here: https://www.lowyinstitute.org/publications/majority-australians-believe-global-warming-serious-problem. You can find The Climate Institute’s full report here: http://www.climateinstitute.org.au/verve/_resources/TCI0004_COTN_2017_final_version.pdf . The report is based on a survey of 2,660 Australians, and the data is weighted according to ABS Census data (location, gender and age). Latest electoral roll figures are here: https://www.aec.gov.au/Enrolling_to_vote/Enrolment_stats/index.htm.