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Environment Actors Confronting a Post Climate-Related Disaster Scenario: A Feasibility Study of an Action-Based Intervention Aiming to Promote Climate Action

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Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Colégio de S. Jerónimo, Apartado 3087, 3000-995 Coimbra, Portugal
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Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra, 3030-790 Coimbra, Portugal
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Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra, 3004-512 Coimbra, Portugal
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Academic Editors: Subhajyoti Samaddar, Kaori Kitagawa and Hirokazu Tatano
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(11), 5949; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115949
Received: 20 April 2021 / Revised: 18 May 2021 / Accepted: 28 May 2021 / Published: 1 June 2021
(1) A climate change awareness-action gap still prevails in our society, with individuals showing significant social inertia regarding environmental issues. The communication on climate change is pointed out as one of the causes of the social inertia; (2) Following an action-oriented transformation research, the main goal of this study was to ascertain the feasibility of an action-based communication intervention, based on the participants’ exposure to a post climate-related disaster scenario. The feasibility of the action-based communication intervention was assessed in a focus group meeting, whose content was qualitatively analysed; (3) The results of this study demonstrate that action-based communication interventions are feasible to trigger an attitude transformation, catalysed by the experiential processing of climate change and by the affect arousal; (4) This study comes to contribute to a transformation of the climate change communication praxis, by highlighting the urgency to shift the for a new paradigm of communicating climate change, in which the affect and the experiential processing should account for conveying environment-related information in order to promote society’s climate action. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; action-based communication intervention; attitude change; feasibility study climate change; action-based communication intervention; attitude change; feasibility study
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Areia, N.P.; Tavares, A.O.; Mendes, J.M. Environment Actors Confronting a Post Climate-Related Disaster Scenario: A Feasibility Study of an Action-Based Intervention Aiming to Promote Climate Action. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 5949. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115949

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Areia NP, Tavares AO, Mendes JM. Environment Actors Confronting a Post Climate-Related Disaster Scenario: A Feasibility Study of an Action-Based Intervention Aiming to Promote Climate Action. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(11):5949. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115949

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Areia, Neide P., Alexandre O. Tavares, and José M. Mendes. 2021. "Environment Actors Confronting a Post Climate-Related Disaster Scenario: A Feasibility Study of an Action-Based Intervention Aiming to Promote Climate Action" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 11: 5949. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115949

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