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Examining the Role of Cultural Values and Climate Change Risk Perception on Barriers to Pro-Environmental Behaviour

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dc.contributor.author Lacroix, Karine
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-02T23:49:16Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-02T23:49:16Z
dc.date.copyright 2015 en_US
dc.date.issued 2015-11-02
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/6773
dc.description.abstract This study examined the perception of barriers to pro-environmental behaviour for different population segments in British Columbia. Cultural cognition scales were used to assign cultural values to participants (i.e., hierarchy-egalitarianism scale and individualism-communitarianism scale). Psychological and socio-cultural barriers were assessed using the list of dragons of inaction. Data on cultural values, perception of climate change risk, perception of barriers, frequency of pro-environmental behaviour, climate change knowledge and socio-demographic variables were collected using online surveys. Egalitarian values were correlated with greater climate change risk perception and with weaker perception of barriers to pro-environmental behaviour. Greater climate change risk perception was also associated with more pro-environmental behaviour. The effect of cultural values on barrier perception was partly mediated by climate change risk perception. These findings suggest that future research should focus on lessening the discrepancy between scientific climate change risk perception and public climate change risk perception, which can, in turn, increase the frequency of pro-environmental behaviour. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Pro-environmental behaviour en_US
dc.subject Climate change risk perception en_US
dc.subject Cultural cognition en_US
dc.subject Cultural values en_US
dc.subject Barriers en_US
dc.subject Climatic changes en_US
dc.title Examining the Role of Cultural Values and Climate Change Risk Perception on Barriers to Pro-Environmental Behaviour en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Gifford, Robert
dc.degree.department School of Environmental Studies en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0768 en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0451 en_US


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