The values behind climate action: How personal values and perceived group values can motivate and promote climate action

Madeline Gerda Langley, Thijs Bouman, Linda Steg

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Abstract

To reach global climate targets, it is key that individuals support and undertake climate action. What motivates such actions? We discuss how climate actions are rooted in – and motivated by – values, which reflect stable and general life goals that guide individuals’ behaviours. We focus on the often studied personal values, as well as on the relatively new perceived group values, and discuss how these can motivate, and be used to promote, climate action. We highlight the importance of biospheric values (i.e., caring about the environment), and the key role perceived group values play in promoting climate action, particularly among less personally motivated individuals.
Translated title of the contributionThe values behind climate action: How personal values and perceived group values can motivate and promote climate action
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)175-196
Number of pages22
JournalMens en Maatschappij
Volume95
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug-2020

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