From values to climate action

Thijs Bouman*, Linda Steg, Goda Perlaviciute

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Abstract

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 on their biospheric values. In addition, public participation may better engage public values in climate policies and actions as to increase their acceptability. Finally, correcting biases that others have weaker biospheric values than oneself may also motivate individuals to support and take climate action.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-107
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
Volume42
Early online dateMay-2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec-2021

Keywords

  • Values
  • Climate action
  • Biospheric values
  • Group values
  • Participation
  • PRO-ENVIRONMENTAL BEHAVIOR
  • BIOSPHERIC VALUES
  • DECISION-MAKING
  • SELF
  • ACTIVATION
  • CONFLICT
  • INTERVENTIONS
  • METAANALYSIS
  • ENGAGEMENT
  • FRAMEWORK

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