Get on with it, consumers say
IT’S the elephant in the room, or rather it’s what the elephant left behind in the room that’s of real concern.
While politicians and captains of industry argue about whether they are believers, non-believers or agnostic when it comes to global warming, everyday Aussies are saying “regardless of the cause of global warming, it is unacceptable to continue to pollute the world,” revealing a level of frustration that policy makers are missing the point.
A new research study into consumer attitudes to global warming and environmental policy has revealed that most consumers are cynical of the role of government, media and even activists in the environmental debate.
The study, commissioned by Blackburn-based retail and online eco megastore Neco, draws on survey responses from almost 1800 general consumers and shows stark contrasts between where the debate is conducted politically and how consumers feel about the world.
Some 98 per cent of consumers in the survey agree with the statement “regardless of the cause of global warming, it is unacceptable to continue to pollute the world”.
And Gympie residents who spoke with The Gympie Times yesterday tended to agree with that sentiment.
Neco CEO Julian Smith said findings showed that consumers were saying governments and media were more concerned with the political machinations of environmental policy rather than the future of the planet.
All those surveyed, Mr Smith said, held the same beliefs that in the greater scheme of things, the cause of warming was secondary to the mess we were making of the planet.
Research also revealed beliefs there was not enough effort going into the creation of green jobs, that people were confused by and mistrusting of carbon credit trading schemes, and cynical of the role of big business in the green economy.