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Testing Common Knowledge: Are Northern Europeans and Millennials More Concerned about the Environment?

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CRETUS Institute, 15705 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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Department of Social Psychology, Basic and Methodology, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, 15705 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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CIS-IUL/ISCTE, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, 1649-026 Lisboa, Portugal
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Sustainability 2021, 13(1), 45; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010045
Received: 23 November 2020 / Revised: 16 December 2020 / Accepted: 19 December 2020 / Published: 23 December 2020
This study explores whether there are differences in several environmental dimensions, when the European Region and Generation cohort are considered. In doing so, this study compares millennials in North and South Europe with members of Generation X in three environmental dimensions: attitudes, personal norms, and behavior. Using data from the European Social Survey (n = 6.216), the researchers tested the hypothesis that Northern Europeans and millennials have more pro-environmental standing than southerners and Generation Xers. The findings challenge the common belief that millennials are more committed to being environmentally conscious, showing that many millennials do not feel responsible for their climate footprint, nor do they behave in a way that shows more concern than previous generations to improve their environmental performance. Furthermore, contrary to expectations, Northern European participants are not the most committed, in all environmental dimensions, compared to Southern Europeans. View Full-Text
Keywords: Europe; generation; pro-environmental attitudes; pro-environmental behavior; personal norms Europe; generation; pro-environmental attitudes; pro-environmental behavior; personal norms
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Gómez-Román, C.; Lima, M.L.; Seoane, G.; Alzate, M.; Dono, M.; Sabucedo, J.-M. Testing Common Knowledge: Are Northern Europeans and Millennials More Concerned about the Environment? Sustainability 2021, 13, 45. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010045

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Gómez-Román C, Lima ML, Seoane G, Alzate M, Dono M, Sabucedo J-M. Testing Common Knowledge: Are Northern Europeans and Millennials More Concerned about the Environment? Sustainability. 2021; 13(1):45. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010045

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Gómez-Román, Cristina, Maria L. Lima, Gloria Seoane, Mónica Alzate, Marcos Dono, and José-Manuel Sabucedo. 2021. "Testing Common Knowledge: Are Northern Europeans and Millennials More Concerned about the Environment?" Sustainability 13, no. 1: 45. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010045

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