Climate change and environmentally responsible behavior on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Yoon, Jee In, Kyle, Gerard, van Riper, Carena J., and Sutton, Stephen G. (2012) Climate change and environmentally responsible behavior on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. In: Proceedings of theProceedings of the 2010 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium, pp. 231-238. From: 22nd Annual Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium, 11-13 April 2010, Bolton Landing, NY, USA.

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Abstract

This study explored the relationship between Australians’ perceptions of climate change, its impact on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), and predictors of environmentally responsible behavior (ERB). Our hypothesized model suggested that general attitudes toward climate change, social pressure for engaging in ERBs (subjective norms), and perceived behavioral control (PBC) over ERB would be positively related to intentions to engage in ERB. We hypothesized that attitude, subjective norms, and PBC would negatively influence the constraints of ERB, intention to engage in ERB, and actual ERB. We used data from a survey of Australian residents on the impacts of climate change and individual human ERB on the GBR to test our hypotheses. The most important predictor of intention to engage in ERB was perception of one’s control over the behavior. For both residents and nonresidents, attitudes toward climate change were negatively associated with constraints impinging on their ability to adopt ERBs – although this effect was much more pronounced for nonresidents. By emphasizing the accessibility/easiness of environmental behaviors, GBR marine park managers can reinforce perception of individual control over behaviors and reduce the constraints to engaging in ERBs.

Item ID: 22927
Item Type: Conference Item (Non-Refereed Research Paper)
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Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2012 03:14
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050299 Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9699 Other Environment > 969999 Environment not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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