From values to climate action

Thijs Bouman*, Linda Steg, Goda Perlaviciute

*Corresponding author for this work

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To mitigate anthropogenic climate change, it is important to know what motivates individuals to support and take climate action. Values reflect universal, general, desirable goals which guide individuals’ preferences and actions. Stronger biospheric values (caring about the environment), in particular, predict stronger engagement in climate action. Although many individuals have strong biospheric values, contextual barriers can inhibit their climate actions. Notably, policies and contextual changes that reduce contextual barriers can motivate and enable individuals to act upon their biospheric values. In addition, public participation may better engage public values in climate policies and actions as to increase their acceptability. Lastly, correcting biases that others have weaker biospheric values than oneself may also motivate individuals to support and take climate action.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - May-2021


  • value
  • climate action
  • biospheric values
  • group values
  • participation

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