Title

Perception of pro-environmental behavior

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2018

Subject Area

ARRAY(0x5606e9c20518)

Abstract

Interventions to change individual human behavior have real promise in helping to reach sustainability goals and emissions reductions targets. However, little is known about how laypeople characterize the vast array of behaviors they perform that impact the natural environment, which has major implications for the design of successful pro-environmental behavior (PEB) interventions. Drawing on the psychometric paradigm from risk perception research, the current project involves a two-study investigation (Study 1: n = 157, Study 2: n = 266) into the attributes laypeople consider when evaluating PEBs and assesses the influence of these attributes on PEB intention using aggregated factor analysis. We find that laypeople's perceptions differ from experts’ and include characterizations in terms of financial and behavioral cost, environmental impact and financial savings, external pressures, and health and safety impacts, with all factors except environmental impact and financial savings relating to PEB intention. Furthermore, our plots of behaviors on 2-dimensional attribute planes provide key information to researchers and policymakers about which factors to address in future PEB campaigns.

Publication Title

Global Environmental Change

Volume

49

First Page

175

Last Page

185

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2018.02.009

ISSN

09593780

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