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Friday Seminar Series: Scepticism in a Changing Climate: A Cross-National Study​


Friday Seminar Series

Start Date

24 Jul 2015 1:00 pm

End Date

24 Jul 2015 2:00 pm


Room 346, Level 3 (ground level) Humanities Building, Sandy Bay Campus

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A School of Social Sciences and Institute for the Study of Social Change seminar

Presented by Professor Bruce Tranter and Dr Kate Booth

About the presentation
ISSP data show that Australia has perhaps the most sceptical citizens of all advanced industrialised countries regarding climate change. The majority of Australians believe that climate change is occurring, that its causes are mostly anthropogenic, and that most scientists agree it is caused mainly by humans. Yet social background and deep political divisions underpin attitudes toward climate change in Australia, as do cosmopolitan worldviews, and information sources. A recent national survey shows that only four per cent of Australians disagree that any form of climate change is occurring, although close to one third maintain that although it is happening, climate change has 'natural' causes. Action on climate change is hindered greatly by the contrary views of coalition political party identifiers. In contrast to supporters of the Greens or Labor, politically conservative Australians are far more likely to believe climate change has non-anthropogenic causes, that most scientists do not agree about its causes, and that it will not threaten their way of life. Yet even a majority of coalition identifiers believe that climate change is a serious threat to the next generation. Women, cosmopolitans, consumers of public broadcast news and those who consider themselves to be knowledgeable about climate change are more likely to agree that anthropogenic climate change is 'real'.

About the presenters
Prof Bruce Tranter is a professor of sociology at the University of Tasmania, Hobart. His research interests include national identity, social movements, environmental and political leaders and public attitudes on global warming and climate change.

Dr Kate Booth is a Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences. Her diverse research interests intersect within two themes: Research design and methods; and how constructions of place and/or environment interact with experience and perception.

Event details
When | Friday 24 July, 1.00pm to 2.00pm
Where | Room 346, Level 3 (ground level), Humanities Building, Sandy Bay Campus.

All welcome. Please phone 6226 2350 for more information or if you need directions to the venue.


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