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ECNT Supporter Survey 2019

We asked readers of Turtle Times what ECNT should do in 2019.

 

The questions were framed around the ECNT’s three statements of purpose and ideas for action from the management committee’s planning day.

 

Thirty eight replies were received. Thanks to everyone who took the time to add their voice to the plans for 2019. Here is a summary of the results:

 

  1. Prepare for and reduce the impacts of climate change and encourage a shift to renewable energy.

By a clear margin respondents thought that the ECNT should campaign for strong NT Government Climate Strategy with a target of net zero emissions by 2050.

 

  1. Protect and restore biodiversity, ecosystems and ecological processes.

By a big margin respondents thought that ‘ECNT should campaign for strong NT Environmental Laws and Regulatory Reform’.

 

  1. Foster sustainable communities through alliances, networks, advocacy and education. 

By a small margin respondents put ‘securing further funding for CoolMob’s Energy Efficiency Education (current funding finishes in June 2019) and developing and delivering waste education in schools’ was the best option. The next best action was ‘to develop a communications strategy that connects ECNT with the broad community’.

 

We asked if ECNT should change the structuring of its membership fee. The two popular choices were to ‘make payment automatic, unless cancelled by the member’ and ‘have a one-off payment…that only ceases if a member contacts the ECNT or does not support the Objects of the organisation’.

 

Many of the survey respondents provided other comments. Here’s a sample:

 

» Keep up the good work.

 

» 1 and 2 above are most important. Working with the whole department of education to change policy on amount of single use plastic so all schools have to change as well as corporate would be great.

 

» It seems like the current and emerging major issues are climate change, plastics and biodiversity loss. Importantly, all of these are linked to our health and our ability to enjoy nature. As we see cancer (and other illnesses) rates rise, I think there’s too much emphasis on a cure rather than prevention – it astounds me. As a society, if we can drive a change in mindset of the general public to one of conservation, things will change much quicker. Currently, it seems that conservationists remain a minority, and many people don’t care about those 3 aspects (climate change, plastics and biodiversity). But this is because they don’t understand the implications to themselves or their kids. We need to highlight that sensitive spot in the general public that will force people to re-think their values and approach to life. Maybe ECNT could partner more with recreation associations (e.g. shooters, fishers) or health organisations to promote the idea that a healthy environment means healthy people.

 

» ‘comms strategy should have strong focus on rural outreach and reflect best current independent science-based evidence.’

» ‘Thank you for all your incredible work.’

» ‘Get recycling and reuse happening ASAP in the Territory. Stop landfill as soon as there’s a feasible alternative solution available. Not just make end users/consumers feel responsible and/or bad for having all this rubbish. Target the big companies and especially supermarkets – with a boycott campaign etc to stop selling so much food in double, triple packaged ways. If we all left out wrappings etc at the checkouts for a week – that would sure send a strong message and suddenly things could actually change rather quickly.’

 

» ‘I believe there needs to be less focus on the building of ECNT as an org and more on broad alliances with other people and orgs to link campaign goals and strategies.’

 

» ‘We should be pushing for domestic water tank subsidy, and better solar subsidy.’

 

» ‘Keep the mangrove habitats for land/environmental protection against extreme weather events and to protect marine life.’

ECNT Supporter Survey 2019

We asked readers of Turtle Times what ECNT should do in 2019.

 

The questions were framed around the ECNT’s three statements of purpose and ideas for action from the management committee’s planning day.

 

Thirty eight replies were received. Thanks to everyone who took the time to add their voice to the plans for 2019. Here is a summary of the results:

 

  1. Prepare for and reduce the impacts of climate change and encourage a shift to renewable energy.

By a clear margin respondents thought that the ECNT should campaign for strong NT Government Climate Strategy with a target of net zero emissions by 2050.

 

  1. Protect and restore biodiversity, ecosystems and ecological processes.

By a big margin respondents thought that ‘ECNT should campaign for strong NT Environmental Laws and Regulatory Reform’.

 

  1. Foster sustainable communities through alliances, networks, advocacy and education. 

By a small margin respondents put ‘securing further funding for CoolMob’s Energy Efficiency Education (current funding finishes in June 2019) and developing and delivering waste education in schools’ was the best option. The next best action was ‘to develop a communications strategy that connects ECNT with the broad community’.

 

We asked if ECNT should change the structuring of its membership fee. The two popular choices were to ‘make payment automatic, unless cancelled by the member’ and ‘have a one-off payment…that only ceases if a member contacts the ECNT or does not support the Objects of the organisation’.

 

Many of the survey respondents provided other comments. Here’s a sample:

 

» Keep up the good work.

 

» 1 and 2 above are most important. Working with the whole department of education to change policy on amount of single use plastic so all schools have to change as well as corporate would be great.

 

» It seems like the current and emerging major issues are climate change, plastics and biodiversity loss. Importantly, all of these are linked to our health and our ability to enjoy nature. As we see cancer (and other illnesses) rates rise, I think there’s too much emphasis on a cure rather than prevention – it astounds me. As a society, if we can drive a change in mindset of the general public to one of conservation, things will change much quicker. Currently, it seems that conservationists remain a minority, and many people don’t care about those 3 aspects (climate change, plastics and biodiversity). But this is because they don’t understand the implications to themselves or their kids. We need to highlight that sensitive spot in the general public that will force people to re-think their values and approach to life. Maybe ECNT could partner more with recreation associations (e.g. shooters, fishers) or health organisations to promote the idea that a healthy environment means healthy people.

 

» ‘comms strategy should have strong focus on rural outreach and reflect best current independent science-based evidence.’

» ‘Thank you for all your incredible work.’

» ‘Get recycling and reuse happening ASAP in the Territory. Stop landfill as soon as there’s a feasible alternative solution available. Not just make end users/consumers feel responsible and/or bad for having all this rubbish. Target the big companies and especially supermarkets – with a boycott campaign etc to stop selling so much food in double, triple packaged ways. If we all left out wrappings etc at the checkouts for a week – that would sure send a strong message and suddenly things could actually change rather quickly.’

 

» ‘I believe there needs to be less focus on the building of ECNT as an org and more on broad alliances with other people and orgs to link campaign goals and strategies.’

 

» ‘We should be pushing for domestic water tank subsidy, and better solar subsidy.’

 

» ‘Keep the mangrove habitats for land/environmental protection against extreme weather events and to protect marine life.’