Household Barriers to Climate Change Action: Perspectives from Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Liliana González Hernández, Erik Meijles, Frank Vanclay

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Abstract

It is necessary to mobilize households so that they make changes to their everyday activities to address climate change. However, in the academic literature, there has been little focus on the perceived barriers to climate change action at the household level. Previous research has also highlighted a need for more studies in Latin America. This study contributes to the literature by filling these gaps. In a face-to-face and online survey administered in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, we asked participants what barriers impede their household from taking action to address climate change. Using thematic analysis, seven main barriers were identified: (i) everyday life; (ii) awareness of climate change; (iii) lack of perceived locus of control; (iv) physical limitations of the dwelling; (v) social, (vi) regulatory; and (vii) economic. Given the significant potential effects of climate change in the Nuevo Leon region, a better understanding of the barriers that prevent households from addressing climate change will inform the development of targeted guidelines and strategies to address changing climate.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4178
Number of pages14
JournalSustainability
Volume11
Issue number15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug-2019

Keywords

  • climate change
  • household level action
  • community response
  • adaptation
  • developing countries
  • Mexico
  • barriers to adoption
  • PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS
  • IMPACT ASSESSMENT
  • RISK PERCEPTION
  • ADAPTATION
  • MITIGATION
  • KNOWLEDGE
  • RESPONSIBILITY
  • VULNERABILITY
  • CAPACITY

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