publication . Article . Other literature type . 2009

Behavioural responses to climate change: Asymmetry of intentions and impacts

Lorraine Whitmarsh; Lorraine Whitmarsh;
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  • Published: 01 Mar 2009 Journal: Journal of Environmental Psychology, volume 29, pages 13-23 (issn: 0272-4944, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
In seeking to determine whether climate change mitigation strategies are effective, researchers and policy-makers typically use energy consumption as an indicator. UK government data show that energy use amongst the public is rising, despite measures to encourage energy conservation. Yet, research to date has not explicitly asked which actions the public are taking with the express intention of mitigating climate change. Using Stern's classification of impact-oriented and intent-oriented behaviour research, the research described in this paper examines both actions taken 'out of concern for climate change' and energy conservation practices amongst the UK public....
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free text keywords: Applied Psychology, Social Psychology, BF, GE, Environmental resource management, business.industry, business, Energy reduction, Government, Economics, Climate change, Public response, Climate change mitigation, Stern, Public economics, Energy consumption, Energy conservation
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