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Experimental evidence of an attitude-behaviour gap forclimate change mitigation in high cost conditions
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies. (DISA, CSS)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0882-4851
Friedrich Schiller University, Germany.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies. (DISA, CSS)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2837-0137
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

An established research result is that people's environmental attitudes only loosely translate into actions effectively reducing their environmental impact, something known as the attitude-behaviour gap. On the other hand, correct information and environmental education are often considered a key to promote sustainability, which raises the question of when attitudes can actually work as a lever to promote environmental objectives and, conversely, when other factors have a better chance to succeed. To answer these questions, we tested the effect of environmental attitudes in an online experiment with real money at stake and real-world climate mitigation consequences. We found that environmental attitudes mainly affected behaviour in a low cost situation, while their effect was reduced when the stakes were higher. This finding is consistent with the low cost hypothesis of environmental behaviour and has important consequences for the shaping of more effective climate policies in a democratic context.

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2019.
Keywords [en]
environmental behaviour, low-cost hypothesis, climate change, collective-risk social dilemma
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-82569OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-82569DiVA, id: diva2:1315942
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Presented at 6th International Meeting on Experimental and Behavioral Social Sciences (IMEBESS), Utrecht, May 2-4, 2019.
Available from: 2019-05-15 Created: 2019-05-15 Last updated: 2019-06-26

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