Climate and costs generating concern for young families
Patrick Matweew, Chief Executive Officer, Redback Technologies
One of the things that has been most remarkable this year is how school-age children have engaged in the climate change conversation. Starting with a Swedish schoolgirl, Greta Thunberg, we saw the School Strike 4 Climate spread across the globe. It’s uplifting to see how our younger generations are putting their energy into fighting for change.
Of course, Australia joined in too. An estimated 300,000 Australians across the country marched for climate action at the Global School Strike 4 Climate on 20 September.
Now we’ve learnt that it isn’t just children but younger families in general who are the most concerned about our nation’s inaction on climate change. In fact, 80 per cent of young families agree Australia could do more to reach Paris Climate Agreement goals, according to our survey of more than 1,000 Australian residents conducted by Lightspeed Research.
And while four in five (80 per cent) Australians believe the government is responsible for contributing to a renewable powered future, less than half (44 per cent) of Australians believe that the government has been successful.
Now young families are keen to take matters into their own hands. More than any other sector of Australian society, they see themselves as having a role to play in ensuring we move towards a renewable future.
That’s really encouraging. As young parents, they must wonder what kind of world they’re going to leave to their children. After all, younger generations are the ones who will be around to see the worst effects of climate change.
But younger families also have more immediate concerns when it comes to how we secure our energy. We learnt that more than half of young families dreaded opening their last energy bills and a similar percentage (54 per cent) were shocked by what they owed.