A Study of the Factors That Influence Levels of Environmental Action
Chevalier, Lydia L.
- As the number of environmental problems in the world increases, it is important that the general public becomes more environmentally active to combat these problems. Since previous research has suggested that many factors are involved in creating environmental action, the purpose of this study was to examine these factors, particularly participation in Tufts environmental groups and the Tufts Envi... read moreronmental Studies major. Participants consisted of 314 Tufts University undergraduate and graduate students who took a survey to evaluate their levels of environmental action, environmental knowledge, accuracy of environmental perceptions, personal beliefs and personal values. Results suggest that the choice to participate in an environmental group leads to higher levels of environmental action, but that the choice to major in Environmental Studies does not have any impact on environmental action levels. Additionally, participants majoring in Environmental Studies did not have higher levels of environmental knowledge than non-majors. Unexpectedly, participants in environmental groups thought that environmental action was less important than participants who were not in environmental groups, despite higher levels of environmental action in the former.read less