Exposure to climate change information on affect and pro-environmental behavioural intentions: A randomised controlled trial

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Greaves, S., Harvey, C. and Kotera, Y. 2023. Exposure to climate change information on affect and pro-environmental behavioural intentions: A randomised controlled trial. Earth. 4 (4), pp. 845-858. https://doi.org/10.3390/earth4040045
AuthorsGreaves, S., Harvey, C. and Kotera, Y.
Abstract

Climate change and its impact are being acknowledged through extensive media cov-erage. Knowledge gaps between mental health and climate change have been high-lighted, which is an increasingly prevalent issue. Furthermore, mental health impacts such as climate anxiety and its implications on behaviour remain unclear. The study aimed to investigate the effect of climate change exposure on affect and pro-environmental behavioural intentions in a randomised controlled trial. An online survey was completed by 100 adult participants and included measures of affect and pro-environmental behavioural intentions pre- and post-exposure. Participants were randomly allocated to a group that saw a climate change video (n=55) or a group that saw a non-climate change video (n=45). The findings were that participants in the cli-mate change group showed a significant increase in negative affect and pro-environmental behavioural intention scores post-video exposure compared to the non-climate change video group. This suggests that climate change video exposure negatively influences affect but also potentially increases the intention to act pro-environmentally. These findings have the potential to support policies and societal change, however further investigation into the type of contents, actual behaviour change, and impacts on diverse populations (e.g., minority groups) is needed.

Keywordsclimate change; positive and negative affect; pro-environmental behavioural intentions; climate anxiety
Year2023
JournalEarth
Journal citation4 (4), pp. 845-858
PublisherMDPI Open Access Journals
ISSN 2673-4834
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/earth4040045
Web address (URL)https://www.mdpi.com/2673-4834/4/4/45
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