Climate change drives family choices


One-in-three Australian women are so concerned about the effects of climate change, they’re reconsidering having children, a new report released by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has found.

The survey of 6,500 women conducted by ACF and 1 Million Women examines the attitudes and actions on climate change in the lead-up to this year’s federal election.

The survey found that one in three women under 30 said they were ‘reconsidering having children or more children because I am increasingly worried that if I have children they will face an unsafe future from climate change’.

Around 78 per cent said they or their friends and family had experienced worry or anxiety about climate change and the future. Nearly 7 in 10 (68.8 per cent) said they would vote for political candidates with clear plans to accelerate action on climate change.

“Women across the country are feeling the brutal impacts of climate change right now – bushfires, floods, drought, heatwaves – and they are fed up with politicians who aren’t leading on this,” said 1 Million Women founder Natalie Isaacs.

“This survey shows women in Australia recognise climate damage, they are worried about what it is doing to our collective future and they are changing their lives in response, including their purchasing decisions, votes and even family planning.”

ACF’s Chief Executive Officer, Kelly O’Shanassy, said Australia was experiencing climate disasters of unparalleled degree and frequency, and women were demanding action from those who want to represent them in the next parliament.

“There is a large mainstream constituency for climate action in this country and women are leading the way in making this year’s election the climate election,” Ms O’Shanassy said.

A detailed breakdown of the survey can be found here

The survey can be conducted here