In 2018, the Government commissioned the University of Canberra to undertake a survey on community resilience to the impacts of climate change. 2,671 adults living in the ACT region (including Queanbeyan and Googong) completed the survey.
Key survey findings:
- 96% have high support for government action.
- 90% felt climate change is a genuine problem for the future.
- 87% felt it is important to act now to reduce the effects of climate change.
- 67% have moderate to high resilience to the expected effects of climate change.
- 35% had low resilience to extreme weather events.
- 36% lived in homes that perform poorly in heatwaves, and 32% of people cannot readily afford to cool their home in heatwaves.
- 32% felt confident they could readily adapt to any climate change occurring in their lifetime.
This survey will be repeated every five years to better understand the resilience of ACT residents to the changing climate.
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Previous survey findings
The 2018 survey built upon previous surveys in 2013 and 2016. The 2013 and 2016 surveys sought to understand the community's views and understanding of climate change in the ACT. Questions in these earlier surveys were the same, except for a new question about electric vehicles; this enabled comparison between the surveys.
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.
- the awareness of ACT Government policies increased from 40% to 58%.