Engaging the community is important to the success of the Territory in tackling the causes and effects of climate change. We need to work closely together and do everything we can to both mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to future climate changes.
It’s a fact that climate projections for the ACT indicate warmer and drier conditions with more frequent drought and bushfires. Extreme weather events will become more severe. These will have the biggest impact on the most vulnerable in our community—the very young and old, the poor and sick.
This is why the ACT Government has the Community Engagement Strategy on Climate Change. This strategy builds on the large amount of work already being done in the Territory. It sets out how the ACT Government will interact with the community on climate change. This includes making sustainability information readily available to households, schools, businesses and community groups.
August 2016 update:
The Implementation update for our Climate Action Plan 2 (AP2) sets out a snapshot of the current status of actions. The review of the AP2 including its 18 actions, has highlighted achievements, issues and the next steps the Government will take in the coming years.
August 2015 update:
Research findings - community survey on climate change
In mid-2013 the Government conducted a survey to research community views and issues about climate change in the ACT. In the three years since the initial survey was conducted the ACT has been recognised as a leading jurisdiction both nationally and internationally in climate change policy and action.
In July 2016 the government replicated this survey as a measure to maintain best practice in policy development, decision making and the continuous implementation of a monitoring and review process. The survey questions were kept the same, with the exception of a new question relating to electric vehicles, to enable comparison between the two surveys.
Key highlights of the 2016 survey include:
- 90% of respondents agreed that climate change is a genuine problem for the future
- 71% of respondents believe they will be seriously affected by climate change, as opposed to 63% in 2013
- 51% of respondents believe that the ACT Government needs to act urgently on climate change, compared to 43% in 2013
- The willingness of residents to pay to cover the extra cost incurred by climate action increased from $1.60 to $2.70 per day, and from $399 to $659 on an annual basis
- The awareness of ACT Government policies increased from 40% to 58%.
A new question on electric vehicles was added to the survey for 2016. This question addressed barriers and deciding factors for people to invest in invest in electric vehicles. The three factors most likely to influence people’s decision to purchase an electric vehicle are:
- Cost of electric vehicles (58%)
- Fast charging locations in the city (52%)
- Increased driving range (32%).