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Its a wrap: Australians support climate action - Financial Times Wrap for Nov 6 for #COP26

On October 11 Australian Ethical Investment called for members to add their names for a wrap around ad in the Financial Times.

I was one of those people who volunteered for my name to feature.

Now the Financial Times for November 6 has been published. It seems Aus Ethical were inundated with people wanting their names added to the ad.

So the ad says we are some of the 70 percent of Australians that want climate action. The detail is actually even stronger. The Climate of the Nation survey for 2021 revealed that:

  • 82% of Australians are concerned climate change will result in more bushfires, more droughts and flooding, and animal and plant species extinction
  • 82% of Australians support a phase-out of coal fired power stations
  • 79% of Australians rank solar in their top three preferred energy sources, compared to 15% for coal and 19% for gas
  • 75% of Australians are concerned about climate change
  • 74% of Australians support state governments putting in place incentives for more renewable energy
  • 71% of Australians support government subsidies to reduce the cost of purchasing an electric vehicle
  • 70% of Australians would consider switching to electric hot water systems
  • 69% think Australia should set targets and implement domestic action to limit global warming to 1.5-2°C and achieve net zero emissions
  • 67% of Australians think Australia should be a world leader in finding solutions to climate change
  • 66% of Australians think the Australian Government should stop new coal mines
  • 64% of Australians support requiring all new car sales in Australia to be zero emissions vehicles by 2035
  • 61% of Australians support a levy on fossil fuel exports to help pay for climate disasters
  • 60% of Australians support Australia following the IEA pathway and not approving new gas, coal or oil projects
  • 55x is the factor by which Australians overestimate gas and oil industry contribution to Commonwealth revenue
  • 23% of Australians support the current level of fossil fuel industry subsidisation, compared to 57% that oppose it
  • 12% of Australians prefer Australia’s economic recovery to be primarily powered by gas, while 63% prefer renewables investment

The Australia Institute at the start of COP26 also took out a full page ad in Scotlands Sunday Post highlighting the record of Scott Morrison

Australian Comedian Dan Ilic started a crowd funding campaign to pay for a satirical climate billboard in Glasgow during the conference. He was inundated with funds, meeting his target in two and a half hours. He booked space on three billboards around Glasgow for the two weeks of the UN climate conference, COP26. 

But First he ran a series of ads for 10 minutes in Times Square garnering significant media attention In the US and Australia.

He still has money left over for a billboard campaign for the Australian election coming up in the next 6 months.

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