The Youth Decide

The results of the Youth Decide poll, run by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition over the week 14-21 September are in. Kevin Rudd’s not going to like it.

Over 37,000 people between the ages of 12 and 29 took part in a vote that asked them what sort of emissions cuts they wanted for Australia and the developed world, when provided with the scientific evidence of the consequences of these cuts.

The three options were (cuts by 2020 on 1990 levels):

40%+ (the amount scientists recently said was necessary to avoid catastrophic runaway climate change) – chosen by 91.5% of respondents
25-40% (the amount the media claims scientists say is necessary, which is now badly outdated) – 5.9% of respondents
4-24% (the amount the Rudd Government has proposed in its CPRS) – 2.5% of respondents

Let’s hope most of them are old enough to vote at the next election…