Environmental Risk Perception, Risk Culture, and Pro-Environmental Behavior
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International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Mixed evidence exists regarding the relationship between environmental risk perception and pro-environmental behavior. This study uses an existing online survey conducted by the Center of Ecological Civilization (CEC) of China University of Geosciences from December 2015 to March 2016 and examines how cultural bias influences environmental risk perception and behavior. We found that an individual’s pro-environmental behavior is not only influenced by environmental risk perception, but also by his or her cultural worldviews. Built on culture theory (CT), our empirical results suggest that young Chinese people are more located in “high-group” culture, where egalitarian culture and hierarchical culture dominate. The higher scores of hierarchical and egalitarian cultures of Chinese youth, the more likely they are to protect the environment. Moreover, the relationship between cultural worldviews and pro-environmental behaviors are mediated by perceived environmental risks.
Cultural theory of risk, Environmental risk perception, Pro-environmental behavior
Zeng, Jingjing; Jiang, Meiquan; and Yuan, Meng, "Environmental Risk Perception, Risk Culture, and Pro-Environmental Behavior" (2020). NIU Bibliography. 508.
Department of Political Science