The survey focused on women’s views on climate change ahead of this year’s federal election, and found nine out of ten of them were “extremely concerned” about the issue.
For women between 30 and 39 years, 22 per cent said they were reconsidering having children or more children because of climate change.
Over 6,500 women were quizzed for the survey, which was conducted by The Australian Conservation Foundation and 1 Million Women.
Last year, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or the IPCC, warned the world has 12 years to act to avoid the catastrophic impacts of climate change.
Even if warming was stopped at 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels, the world will still be facing more extreme weather events – more bushfires, more droughts and floods, rising sea levels, and the loss of almost all the world’s coral reefs.
All this would happen in your children’s lifetime.
The Australian Conservation Foundation survey focused on women as research shows women will be disproportionately affected by climate change, and that Australian women are more likely than men to recognise climate change.
In Hack’s What’s Up In Your World survey of 11,000 Australians aged 18-29, women were doing more than men to help the environment.
And women were more likely to feel negative about the earth’s future: 73 per cent of females were slightly or extremely negative about it, compared to 56 per cent of men.
In today’s survey, only 2.8 per cent of women said they hadn’t been impacted in any way by climate change.