Environmental concern grows in the wake of the bushfires

Concern about the environment rose while the bushfires of 2019-2020 burned. Nearly half of those surveyed reported aspects of the environment as the most or second most important issue facing Australia, a figure up 8% from October 2019. Concern about specific issues such as biodiversity loss rose, as well as the number of people feeling global warming will have a specific effect on them.

72 %

There’s been a very large increase in the number of people for whom global warming is a very or fairly serious threat with 72% agreeing in January 2020, up from 56% of respondents in 2008.

65 %

Almost two thirds of those adult respondents to the ANU Poll living in non capital cities think global warming will be a threat to them.

13 %

Concern about most specific issues increased between 2008 and January 2020, with the greatest increase a 13% rise in concern about loss of native vegetation, animal species or biodiversity.

8 %

Support for new coal mines declined between the May 2019 election and January 2020 from 45% to 37% although this was not driven by exposure to bushfires.

Per cent of Australian Population who Think Specific Environmental Issues are Very Serious
How serious do you consider each of the following environmental issues to be for Australia?
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Variable description % of Australian adults who think the issue is very serious, grouped by issue
Variable time span 2008 (September), 2020 (January)
Published by ANU Poll
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Data Source doi:10.26193/S1S9I9
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