Australian community members' attitudes toward climate change impacts at the Great Barrier Reef

van Riper, Carena J., Kyle, Gerard, Yoon, Jee In, and Sutton, Stephen G. (2012) Australian community members' attitudes toward climate change impacts at the Great Barrier Reef. In: Proceedings of theProceedings of the 2010 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium. pp. 239-246. From: 22nd Annual Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium, 11-13 April 2010, Bolton Landing, NY, USA.

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Abstract

This research identified homogenous groups of Australian community members that share similar attitudes toward climate change impacts within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA). A questionnaire was administered to a random sample of adult residents living near the GBRWHA (n = 1,623) in order to assess public awareness of climate change, concern about associated impacts, and involvement in mitigation strategies. Five distinct segments of the survey population were identified using three attitudinal dimensions drawn from the Theory of Planned Behavior. Study findings illustrated that each group perceived a variety of social, commercial, and environmental threats to the health of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem and reported different levels of intended and carried-out environmentally responsible behaviors. Recommendations are provided for how to engage the identified groups of survey respondents in environmentally responsible behaviors.

Item ID: 22929
Item Type: Conference Item (Non-Refereed Research Paper)
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Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2012 02:59
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050299 Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960311 Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability @ 100%
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