After the rise in environmental consciousness that peaked around 2007, it seems Australians are now abandoning feel-good causes in favour of actual issues.
CONCERN for the environment has dwindled into a ”middling” issue that many people do not have strong feelings about, a major study into Australian attitudes towards society, politics and the economy has found.
Food, health, crime, safety and rights to basic public services – the tangible things that people confront on a daily basis – are dominant national concerns.
”Australians are effectively indifferent to global and societal issues, rating these significantly lower,” said the report What Matters to Australians, produced by the University of Technology, Sydney and the Melbourne Business School, with the support of the Australian Research Council.“What we see in these results is a picture of a relatively conservative society concerned with local issues that influence its members’ daily lives.”
This coincides with the decline in fear over greenhouse emissions. The environmentalists came on too strong and now they’re being ignored. Plus, getting your predictions wrong all the time doesn’t help. Nor do scandalous revelations about hidden declines, corruption of peer review, avoidance of data/FOI requests or deleted emails.