A legacy for future generations


In the National Seniors Social Survey, we asked if you thought climate change was real and whether action should be taken on the issue.

  • Summer 2019
  • Advocacy

Your responses showed the value of working together on initiatives that leave a positive legacy for the next generation.

A strong majority of the 3,500 survey respondents believe climate change is real and a majority believe action should be taken, even if this raises living costs.

74.3% of older Australians believe climate change is occurring

58.6% want action even if it increases living costs

Despite media claims to the contrary, many older Australians care deeply about environmental issues and want action.

This evidence supports polling from the last election, which showed climate change was a key issue in the minds of voters.

Based on your feedback, the National Seniors Board approved a focus on the environment as part of our broader advocacy strategy.

There are many ways older Australians can play an active role in protecting the environment, including:

  • purchasing green technologies, such as solar panels
  • recycling and reducing waste
  • volunteering in nature conservation activities
  • investing in green infrastructure, e.g. large-scale energy storage.

National Seniors will develop a campaign that provides further opportunities for older Australians to help protect the environment for future generations.

This will be built on over time, and in consultation with you, our members.

National Seniors will develop a campaign that provides further opportunities for older Australians to help protect the environment for future generations.

A strategy for change

Your comments on climate change


"I am enjoying being a new member of National Seniors. I support all of your advocacy campaigns and would like you to consider one other - climate change."

- Harry

"Dear Seniors, my submission would be for all Australians asking for environmental concern and positive steps to halt the horrific advance of climate change."

- Olive

"As a grandfather of young Australians, I often watch them learning, playing and enjoying themselves. I believe that, even more important than the issues you [have] listed, climate change and the environment are THE issues important for all ages. It is our responsibility to leave our young Australians in a healthy nation. Can I expect 'nation for all ages' to fight for the environment and climate change?"

- Hein

"I have just joined NSA and have been having a closer look at your policies. I cannot find anything on the environment or climate change. Both are of significant concern to older people (as well as others). Climate change will impact our health, the cost of food, insurance, and much else."

- Jan


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