Climate Change: Science and Solutions for Australia
Chapter 10: Reducing energy demand: the imperative for behavioural change
By Peta Ashworth
The Australian public will have a powerful influence over the pace and extent of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies and actions adopted by the nation.
Deep cuts in Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions will depend on a combination of technological innovation, economic reform, and societal change, achieved with public consent.
There is considerable scope for individuals to reduce their own carbon footprint, and there is growing public support for a transition to a ‘green economy’.
Face-to-face communication and knowledge sharing to overcome the gaps in knowledge are critical.
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