JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AND SCIENCES - Activating values for encouraging pro-environmental behavior

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August 14, 2019 - Author: ; Hana Kang; ; Patricia Jaimes;

Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences

DOI: 10.1007/s13412-019-00562-z

A number of theories and hypotheses attempt to understand what influences pro-environmental behaviors. In social psychology, the values–beliefs–norms (VBN) theory is one of the most common approaches used to explain pro-environmental behaviors. But different sets of concepts have often been used in work based on large public opinion surveys. Here, we add to the VBN theory several variables—Christian religious fundamentalism, willingness to sacrifice, trust in scientists, biotechnology beliefs—that have been used in the public opinion literature in a step toward a more integrative theory. A sample of 518 U.S. adults completed an online questionnaire to provide data. Results confirm that, in the USA, biospheric altruism values had substantial indirect effects on pro-environmental behavior via willingness to sacrifice for biodiversity loss. But climate change beliefs and willingness to sacrifice for climate change did not exert direct or indirect effects on pro-environmental behavior. Interestingly, religious fundamentalism increased pro-environmental behavior net of other factors including political ideology, again acting primarily through biospheric altruism values. We hope that our findings encourage steps toward more integrated theory and the testing of more comprehensive models.

 

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Tags: center for systems integration and sustainability, department of fisheries and wildlife


Authors

Min Gon Chung

Min Gon Chung
chungm13@msu.edu

Thomas Dietz

Thomas Dietz
tdietz@msu.edu

Jianguo

Jianguo "Jack" Liu
liuji@msu.edu

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