Only 700 students want a price on carbon?

By 8 June, 2011 16

Andrew Leigh and students

Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh has announced his receipt of a petition from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, which a whole 700 students have been persuaded to sign.

The petition was presented by 23 young Canberrans as part of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition’s (AYCC) campaign encouraging young people to have their voice heard in the carbon pricing debate.

“These students are just some of the many who care deeply about acting on climate change,” said Andrew Leigh.

“They understand pricing carbon is the right thing to do both environmentally and economically.

Students from Campbell High School, University of Canberra, and the Australian National University discussed with Andrew Leigh why pricing carbon pollution was important to them and their peers.

“I’m proud to be standing with Canberrans from all walks of life for a price on carbon,” concluded Andrew Leigh.

One wonders what other causes could attract the signatures of 700 students if enough pretty girls manned a table in the common room smiling winsomely?

Over to you readers.

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16 Responses to Only 700 students want a price on carbon?
#1
The Frots9:37 am, 08 Jun 11

Can’t wait to see the usual comments about ‘how this figure doesn’t reflect the true feelings of the Australian public’ and so on……………………….

In fact, it’s a fairly interesting micro-shot of other polls currently running on the acceptance of a carbon tax. In the Fox Poll a day or so ago 83% of the people were against an imposed carbon tax. So the figures from these students roughly represent the general feelings on wider scale I suspect.

#2
housebound10:32 am, 08 Jun 11

Only 700 from the whole of the ACT? I would be embarrassed to show so little support for a cause.

#3
troll-sniffer10:37 am, 08 Jun 11

Populist post Johnboy. The carbon tax lobby will always have to fight against the selfishness of the average Aussie, it’s human nature to not want to pay for something that is of a seemingly intangible benefit.

A failing of our species appears to be that a large section of the population, and I suspect the majority, cannot fully comprehend issues that require long term and invisible outcomes. I’ll bet there were a substantial number of Easter Islanders who were warning about impending catastrophe but drowned out by the majority who were incapable of long term rational thought.

As we are today.

#4
Chop7111:17 am, 08 Jun 11

I only counted 23. Did the media hype up the other 677 students.

#5
johnboy11:20 am, 08 Jun 11

Chop71 said :

I only counted 23. Did the media hype up the other 677 students.

700 signed, 23 handed it over.

#6
janestabb11:27 am, 08 Jun 11

Pretty girls smiling winsomely? The passion and commitment that is seen in young people fighting for a safe climate future is not inspired by pretty girls, but by a belief that we can make a better and safer world than the one we have inherited. 700 students in Canberra? They do not stand alone. On the weekend just past, 40,000 people hit the streets all around the country to pledge their support for putting a price on pollution, and showing leadership domestically and on the world stage. Poll after poll has shown that Australians want to cut pollution, and that they want to leave a safer world for their kids and grandkids, with clean air, clean water and a safe climate. In the past 12 months as the politicians have debated how to do this, we have seen the grassroots community strengthened by young voices, the voices of the generation that will likely see the worst impacts of climate change. The group of young people from Canberra who make up part of this strong movement are making their voices heard in the most important debate of our generation. Keep making yourselves heard!

#7
Jim Jones11:34 am, 08 Jun 11

Ooh look, not many students. Surely that means that climate change isn’t happening.

Ah … science!

#8
Solidarity11:35 am, 08 Jun 11

Yeah lets save the environment!

Awesome, clean nuclear power for all!

Wait, no, can’t do that

Anyway, here is 700 who said YES

How many said no?

Useless.

#9
Keijidosha11:37 am, 08 Jun 11

I wonder how long it took them to draw that banner with crayons, and if mum knows they “borrowed” the good linen!

#10
pajs11:38 am, 08 Jun 11

I am disappointed with the weakness of troll-baiting in this post. Clearly could also have been titled “Only 23 students want a price on carbon”. Or even “only Andrew Leigh wants a price on carbon.”

#11
chewy1411:39 am, 08 Jun 11

Janestabb,
yes the public wants to put a price on pollution and stop climate change (globally).
Unfortunately they don’t want this Carbon tax.

#12
The Frots11:48 am, 08 Jun 11

chewy14 said :

Janestabb,
yes the public wants to put a price on pollution and stop climate change (globally).
Unfortunately they don’t want this Carbon tax.

Well summed up.

#13
The Frots11:52 am, 08 Jun 11

pajs said :

I am disappointed with the weakness of troll-baiting in this post. “

Don’t be – it will come out soon enough. You watch.

#14
Diggety12:14 pm, 08 Jun 11

chewy14 said :

Janestabb,
yes the public wants to put a price on pollution and stop climate change (globally).
Unfortunately they don’t want this Carbon tax.

+1

Thank you chewy.

#15
Swaggie12:16 pm, 08 Jun 11

The Gvmt that cocked up home insulations and the schools building programme (to name just a couple of instances) isn’t capable of running any carbon tax program, big industry is laughing at this idea. I don’t want a carbon tax personally, I pay enough local and federal taxes as things are. The Gvmt would be better off pursuing the people destroying the Global rain forests for starters.

#16
Cheap6:53 pm, 08 Jun 11

Correction: the title should read “Only 700 students uncool enough to sign a political petition”

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