Political and social divisions over climate change among young Queenslanders

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Tranter, Bruce and Skrbis, Zlatko. (2014) Political and social divisions over climate change among young Queenslanders. Environment and Planning A. 46(7), pp. 1638 - 1651. https://doi.org/10.1068/a46285
AuthorsTranter, Bruce and Skrbis, Zlatko
Abstract

A large survey of young people in Queensland, Australia, indicates that the majority believe that climate change is occurring, that the planet is warming because of greenhouse gas emissions, and that anthropogenic global warming poses a serious risk to Australia. Parental education has an important influence upon the development of environmental attitudes among young people, with the children of tertiary-educated parents much more likely than others to be concerned about planetary warming. A strong gender divide is also apparent, with young women consistently more concerned about ‘the environment’ than young men are. Political party identification has an important influence upon environmental concerns even among these 16–17-year olds, with young conservative party identifiers far less likely than Greens or Labor identifiers to believe that global warming will pose a serious risk in their lifetime, after controlling for beliefs in human-induced climate change. The party identification findings point to an emerging support base of young Australians for parties that adopt a progressive stance on climate change.

Keywordsclimate change; global warming; political party identification; Australia
Year2014
JournalEnvironment and Planning A
Journal citation46 (7), pp. 1638 - 1651
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.
ISSN0308-518X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1068/a46285
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84904343270
Page range1638 - 1651
ProjectOur Lives Project
Grant IDARC/DP0557667
ARC/DP0878781
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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