Engaging the public in climate change-related pro-environmental behaviors to protect coral reefs: the role of public trust in the management agency

Wynveen, Christopher J., and Sutton, Stephen G. (2015) Engaging the public in climate change-related pro-environmental behaviors to protect coral reefs: the role of public trust in the management agency. Marine Policy, 53. pp. 131-140.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the role that stakeholder trust in a management agency, as a source of information about climate change, plays in relationships among antecedents to climate change-related pro-environmental behavior. Data collected from a survey of Australian residents living adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park revealed that lower intensities of institutional trust were associated with a less biocentric worldview, a lower reported awareness of consequences of the impacts of climate change, and a lower sense of obligation to adopt pro-environmental behaviors. Findings suggest that managers should attempt to foster the trust their stakeholders have in their agency because when trust increases, stakeholders develop stronger relationships among the antecedents of pro-environmental behavior.

Item ID: 41708
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1872-9460
Keywords: climate change, trust, coral reef management, value-belief-norm theory
Funders: Marine and Tropical Sciences Research Facility, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), Project AWARE Foundation
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2015 18:00
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050203 Environmental Education and Extension @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960703 Environmental Education and Awareness @ 100%
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