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Analyzing the Determinants of Individual Action on Climate Change by Specifying the Roles of Six Values in South Korea

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National Crisis and Emergency Management Research Institute, Chungbuk National University, Chungdae-ro 1, Seowon-Gu, Cheongju, Chungbuk 28644, Korea
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Department of Public Administration, Ajou University, Worldcup-ro, Suwon 16499, Korea
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Department of Public Administration, Chungbuk National University, Chungdae-ro 1, Seowon-Gu, Cheongju, Chungbuk 28644, Korea
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Sustainability 2019, 11(7), 1834; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11071834
Received: 13 February 2019 / Revised: 22 March 2019 / Accepted: 22 March 2019 / Published: 27 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Psychology of Sustainability and Sustainable Development)
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Abstract

The serious problems stemming from climate change require an active response it. This study focuses on the role of value factors in action on climate change. Individuals’ values systematically influence the fundamental orientation of their attitudes and behaviors. Therefore, this study analyzes whether six values, namely: ideology, environmental justice, religiosity, personal norms, scientific optimism, and environmentalism, influence action on climate change directly or indirectly, and compares their effects with perception factors’ impact. The results indicate that religiosity decreased action on climate change, whereas personal norms, science and technology (S&T) optimism, and environmentalism increased such action. Among the perception factors, perceived risks and benefits, trust, and knowledge increased action on climate change. Furthermore, perception factors explained action on climate change more than value factors did. Moreover, value factors (i.e., S&T optimism and environmentalism) moderated the impacts of perceived risks, perceived benefits, and negative emotions on action against climate change. View Full-Text
Keywords: action on climate change; value; perception; ideology; environmental justice; religiosity; personal norm; environmentalism; science and technology optimism; perceived risk and benefit; trust; knowledge; emotion action on climate change; value; perception; ideology; environmental justice; religiosity; personal norm; environmentalism; science and technology optimism; perceived risk and benefit; trust; knowledge; emotion
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Kwon, S.-A.; Kim, S.; Lee, J.E. Analyzing the Determinants of Individual Action on Climate Change by Specifying the Roles of Six Values in South Korea. Sustainability 2019, 11, 1834.

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