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Attitudes toward global warming, climate change and other environmental issues among young Queenslanders


Tranter, B and Skrbis, Z, Attitudes toward global warming, climate change and other environmental issues among young Queenslanders, Proceedings of 2011 TASA Conference: Local Lives/Global Networks, 28 Nov-1 Dec 2011, Newcastle, Australia, pp. 1-15. ISBN 9780646567792 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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A representative longitudinal sample of 16 to 17 year olds drawn from schools across Queensland shows young Australians to be strongly supportive of action to prevent the impact of human induced global warming and more likely than the OECD country average to favour practices that promote sustainable development. Social background is an important determinant of environmental attitudes. Young women are more concerned about environmental issues than young men, including global warming and climate change, and are more likely to view global warming as a serious threat to Australia. The level of trust in environmental groups has declined over time, although again, female students are more trusting than males. Students whose parents are university educated and those planning to attend university after leaving school exhibit pro-environmental attitudes to a greater extent than other students, demonstrating the importance of childhood socialisation in the formation of pro-environmental attitudes.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:global warming; climate change; environment; youth; Queensland; Australia
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social change
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Social impacts of climate change and variability
UTAS Author:Tranter, B (Professor Bruce Tranter)
ID Code:76492
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2012-03-07
Last Modified:2017-10-06
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