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Motivations to Act for the Protection of Nature Biodiversity and the Environment: A Matter of “Significance”

  • Environmental activism, defined as a range of difficult pro-environmental behaviors, is analyzed within the conceptual framework of Significance Quest Theory (SQT). In Study 1, 40 interviews were carried out on two groups of people in the European Union: Committed Actors for Nature (CANs, n = 25) versus Committed Actors for Society (CASs, n = 15). Results demonstrated that Significance Quest (SQ) motivates each group to be strongly committed to their chosen action and the main difference between them being in their ideology (pro-social vs. pro-environmental). In Study 2 (N = 131), the relationship between SQ and intention to enact difficult pro-environmental behaviors was assessed. Results suggested that the higher the SQ, the higher the tendency to enact difficult pro-environmental behaviors, but not average or easy ones. Moreover, the higher the pro-environmental ideology, the stronger the indirect effect of SQ on difficult behavior through willingness to sacrifice.

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Author: Erica Molinario, Arie W. Kruglanski, Flavia Bonaiuto, Mirilia Bonnes, Lavinia Cicero, Ferdinando Fornara, Massimiliano Scopelliti, Jeroen Admiraal, Almut Beringer, Tom Dedeurwaerdere, Wouter deGroot, Juha Hiedanpää, Paul Knights, Luuk Knippenberg, Chris Ovdenden, Katarina Polajnar Horvat, Florin Popa, Carmen Porras-Gomez, Aleš Smrekar, Nathalie Soethe, Jose Luis Vivero-Pol, Riyan J. G. van den Born, Marino Bonaiuto
URN:urn:nbn:de:gbv:9-opus-39224
DOI:https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1177/0013916518824376
ISSN:0013-9165
ISSN:1552-390X
Parent Title (English):Environment and Behavior
Publisher:SAGE Publications
Place of publication:Sage CA: Los Angeles, CA
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Date of first Publication:2019/01/30
Release Date:2022/05/02
Tag:difficult pro-environmental behaviors; environmental activism; meaning in life; pro-environmental behaviors; pro-environmental ideology; willingness to sacrifice
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Volume:52
Issue:10
First Page:1133
Last Page:1163
Faculties:Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Botanik und Landschaftsökologie & Botanischer Garten
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt