Pre-Workshop, process and post-workshop questionnaires

PRE-WORKSHOP QUESTIONNAIRE

This questionnaire will assess some of your perspectives toward climate change and energy. The responses you provide form part of a larger research project into the Australian public’s perspectives on these issues. This questionnaire should take approximately 20 minutes of your time.

Your participation is greatly appreciated.

SECTION 1: IDENTITY CODE

To help us analyse your responses, we need to be able to link your responses to other questionnaires you may complete for us later on. To do this, while keeping your responses anonymous, we will ask you to form an anonymous identity code and record your table number.

Please form an identity code by following these instructions: In the space below list the first two letters of your mother’s or guardian’s first name (e.g. Mary becomes MA) followed by the date and month of your birthday (e.g. if you were born on the 2nd April you would write 0204). So this example ID Code becomes MA0204.

PLEASE PRINT YOUR ID CODE HERE: ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____

PLEASE PRINT YOUR TABLE NUMBER HERE: _____

SECTION 2: BELIEFS & VALUES

This section is designed to measure the beliefs and values you hold in relation to the environment and society.

QUESTION 1: BELIEFS ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT

Listed below are statements about the relationship between humans and the environment. For each one, please complete the following by circling the number that most closely matches your opinion.

How strongly do you agree with the following? Strongly disagree Unsure (4) Strongly agree
are approaching the limit of the number of people the earth can support 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Humans have the right to modify the natural environment to suit their needs 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
When humans interfere with nature it often produces disastrous consequences 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Human ingenuity will make sure that we do NOT make the earth unliveable 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Humans are severely abusing the environment 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
The earth has plenty of natural resources if we just learn how to develop them 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Plants and animals have as much right as humans to exist 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
The balance of nature is strong enough to cope with the impacts of modern industrial nations 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Despite all our special abilities humans are still subject to the laws of nature 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
The so-called ecological crisis facing humankind has been greatly exaggerated 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
The earth is like a spaceship with very limited room and resources 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Humans were meant to rule over the rest of nature 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
The balance of nature is very delicate and easily upset 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Humans will eventually learn enough about how nature works to be able to control it 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
If things continue on their present course, we will soon experience a major ecological catastrophe 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

SECTION 3: AWARENESS & KNOWLEDGE

This section is designed to measure your awareness and knowledge of climate change, energy sources and related technologies, and other related issues.

QUESTION 2: AWARENESS OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND RELATED ISSUES

Please circle “yes” or “no” to indicate whether you are aware of the following topics:
Climate change YES NO
Greenhouse gas emissions YES NO
Government initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions YES NO
Electricity conservation in the home YES NO
Industry initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions YES NO
Electricity conservation in the workplace YES NO
The relationship between the price of electricity and greenhouse gas emissions YES NO

QUESTION 3: AWARENESS OF ENERGY SOURCES AND RELATED TECHNOLOGIES

Please circle “yes” or “no” to indicate whether you are aware of the following energy sources/technologies:
Wind YES NO
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) YES NO
Nuclear YES NO
Hydro-electric YES NO
Coal fired (traditional/current methods) YES NO
Natural Gas YES NO
Geothermal (hot rocks) YES NO
Solar YES NO
Biofuels YES NO
Oil YES NO
Wave/tidal YES NO
Coal seam gas YES NO

QUESTION 4: KNOWLEDGE OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND RELATED ISSUES

Please complete the following by circling the number that most closely matches your knowledge of the following topics.

How would you rate your knowledge of the following? No knowledge Moderate knowledge High knowledge
Climate change 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Greenhouse gas emissions 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Government initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Electricity conservation in the home 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Industry initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Electricity conservation in the workplace 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
The relationship between the price of electricity and greenhouse gas emissions 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

QUESTION 5: KNOWLEDGE OF ENERGY SOURCES AND RELATED TECHNOLOGIES

Please complete the following by circling the number that most closely matches your knowledge of the following topics.

How would you rate your knowledge of the following energy sources/ technologies? No knowledge Moderate knowledge High knowledge
Wind 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Nuclear 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Hydro-electric 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Coal (traditional/current) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Natural Gas 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Geothermal (hot rocks) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Solar 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Biofuels 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Oil 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Wave/tidal 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Coal seam gas 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

QUESTION 6: KNOWLEDGE OF CLIMATE CHANGE, ENERGY SOURCES AND RELATED TECHNOLOGIES

Listed below are some statements about energy and the environment. Please indicate whether you think each statement is true or false.

Is each of the following statements true or false?
Once the infrastructure is in place, carbon capture and storage will reduce emissions from coal-fired power at no additional costs, other than maintenance True False Don’t know
Climate change can completely be explained through natural variability in climatic cycles True False Don’t know
The greenhouse effect is caused by a hole in the earth’s atmosphere True False Don’t know
Generating electricity from renewable energy costs less than generating electricity from coal True False Don’t know
Embodied energy is the energy used to produce and transport the goods and services we buy True False Don’t know
Australia uses less water per person than any country in Europe (including industrial, agricultural, and domestic water use) True False Don’t know
About half of Australia’s carbon emissions come from electricity generation True False Don’t know
Recycling paper, cardboard, metals, and glass saves on materials, but does not help in saving water, energy, or fuel True False Don’t know

SECTION 4: ATTITUDES

This section is designed to measure your opinions toward climate change, energy sources and related technologies and other related issues.

QUESTION 7: ATTITUDES TOWARD CLIMATE CHANGE AND RELATED ISSUES

Please complete the following by circling the number that most closely matches your opinion.

How strongly do you agree with the following? Strongly disagree Unsure (4) Strongly agree
Climate change is an important issue for Australia 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
The production of electricity is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Industry should be doing more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
People should be doing more to promote electricity conservation in the home 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Government should be doing more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
People should be doing more to promote electricity conservation in the workplace 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Increasing the price of electricity to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

QUESTION 8: ATTITUDES TOWARD ENERGY SOURCES AND RELATED TECHNOLOGIES

Please complete the following by circling the number that most closely matches your opinion.

How strongly do you agree with the use of the following energy sources/ technologies? Strongly disagree Unsure (4) Strongly agree
Wind 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Nuclear 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Hydro-electric 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Coal (traditional/current methods) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Natural Gas 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Geothermal (hot rocks) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Solar 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Biofuels 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Oil 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Wave/tidal 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Coal seam gas 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

QUESTION 9: PRIORITY RANKING OF ENERGY SOURCES AND RELATED TECHNOLOGIES

Please rank the following energy sources and related technologies in the priority order that you would use to allocate public funds toward their development and implementation. Your priority order should be written next to the energy sources below, in the order of 1 (one) for the highest priority, through to 12 (twelve) for the lowest priority. Note you should use each number between 1 and 12 only once.

Energy sources and related technologies FUNDING PRIORITY ORDER
Wind
Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
Nuclear
Hydro-electric
Coal (traditional/current methods)
Natural Gas
Geothermal (hot rocks)
Solar
Biofuels
Oil
Wave/tidal
Coal seam gas

SECTION 5: INTENDED BEHAVIOUR

This section is designed to measure various aspects of your intentions.

QUESTION 10: WILLINGNESS TO PAY MORE FOR ELECTRICITY

Would you be willing to pay more for your household electricity if it reduced greenhouse gas emissions? Please tick “no” or “yes” to indicate your opinion:

Would you be interested in attending a community workshop to hear more about CCS?

NO (Go to Question 11)

YES (Continue below)

If you answered yes, which of the following best describes how much more you would be willing to pay for your household electricity if it reduced greenhouse gas emissions? (Please tick only one box.)

I would pay less than $25 per quarter.

Please specify the amount more per quarter in dollars: $______ .

I would pay up to $25 more per quarter (about $2 per week)

I would pay up to $50 more per quarter (about $4 per week)

I would pay up to $75 more per quarter (about $6 per week)

I would pay up to $100 more per quarter (about $8 per week)

I would pay up to $150 more per quarter (about $12 per week)

I would pay more than $151 more per quarter. Please specify the amount more per quarter in dollars: $_____ .

SECTION 6: CURRENT BEHAVIOUR

This section is designed to measure various aspects of your current behaviour.

QUESTION 11: BEHAVIOURS

Listed below are some specific behaviours that relate to the environment. Please circle “yes” or “no” to indicate whether you do each of the following:

Please circle “yes” or “no” for each statement below:
I pay extra for ‘green’ electricity YES NO
I recycle my garbage (e.g. cans, bottles, newspapers) YES NO
I consider energy efficiency ratings when purchasing white goods YES NO
I use plastic bags when shopping YES NO
I have a solar hot water system in my home YES NO
I use energy efficient light bulbs YES NO
I conserve my use of electricity in the home YES NO
I conserve my use of electricity in the workplace YES NO

SECTION 7: INFORMATION ACCESS

This section is designed to identify the information sources you access.

QUESTION 12: TRUST IN INFORMATION SOURCES

Please complete the following by circling the number that most closely matches how much trust you hold in information or news from the following sources.

How much do you trust the following information sources? Distrust a lot Unsure (4) Trust a lot
Family and friends 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Internet blogsites 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Internet sites 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Television news and current affairs programs 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Radio 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Newspapers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Magazines 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Newsletters or flyers from interest groups 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Environmental organisations 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Books 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Academic articles 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
My local council 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Government correspondence e.g. mail outs 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
The CSIRO 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Doctors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Industry 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

SECTION 8: DEMOGRAPHICS

These final questions are designed to help us summarise the types of people who respond to this survey.