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The Business of Green

Money matters in the green world, by Leon Gettler.

The climate change divide

climate change divide

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Still, tackling climate change is important to 61 per cent of voters, compared to 35 per cent saying it isn’t important. And while climate change was of high importance to Green voters, even a majority of Liberal-National voters believe it’s important, 50-47 per cent. Labor voters were split 73-25 per cent.

In the end, it all comes down to leadership. Businessman Graeme Wood, the co-founder of wotif.com has condemned politicians for running scared on climate change.

“Our two major political parties are between them the worst combination to get things going,'' he said. ''You've got Tony Abbott and his neanderthals and Martin Ferguson still stuck in last century,’’ Wood says. “Our politicians are scared of everything. We don't elect them to be scared, we elect them to lead. They are like rabbits. As soon as somebody doesn't like something, they jump back down their holes and disappear.”

Our political leaders will need to convince voters that climate change is a problem happening right now. They need to understand the psychology of climate change. As I point out in my column in the Brisbane Times, a lot of people struggle to accept climate change because they have trouble with long term thinking. Many have difficulty conceptualising life in 50 years time with some believing the “far distant future” would happen in their lifetime.

But are our politicians up to the task? Until they do, Australians will remain split right down the middle on climate change.

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