Religion and climate change in Austrailia

Understanding how religion informs our attitudes and views on the environment and climate change is a complicated proposition. However, in light of this week’s COP21 talks in Paris, it as an interesting and necessary topic of conversation. In their August, 2015 article in PLoS ONE entitled “Religion Does Matter for Climate Change Attitudes and Behavior”, Mark Morrison, Roderick Duncan, and Kevin Parton tackle this issue in Australia through the use of an online survey that identifies respondent’s views and attitudes on climate change. By parsing the data by religious affiliation, and after controlling for socio-demographics and respondent’s scientific, climate, and energy-related knowledge, the authors demonstrate differences in attitudes towards climate change and behaviors among religious groups. This study, along with being the first in Australia, is also the first to include eastern religions. —> Read More