Socioeconomic geography of climate change views in Europe

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Weckroth , M & Ala-Mantila , S 2022 , ' Socioeconomic geography of climate change views in Europe ' , Global Environmental Change , vol. 72 , 102453 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2021.102453

Title: Socioeconomic geography of climate change views in Europe
Author: Weckroth, Mikko; Ala-Mantila, Sanna
Contributor organization: Ecosystems and Environment Research Programme
SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT EMERGING FROM THE MERGER OF CUTTING-EDGE CLIMATE, SOCIAL AND COMPUTER SCIENCES
Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies (Urbaria)
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Date: 2022-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 10
Belongs to series: Global Environmental Change
ISSN: 0959-3780
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2021.102453
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/340585
Abstract: Climate change views have their socioeconomic foundations but also specific geographies. In merging these perspectives, this analysis uses ESS Round 8 data from 23 European countries to examine whether climate change scepticism and concern, pro-environmental personal norm and a willingness to engage in energy-saving behaviour exhibit, first, urban-rural and/or regional differences, and second, if these attitudes can be explained at individual level by socioeconomic position and wellbeing resources. We find that climate change scepticism and concern do exhibit urban-rural differences, where living in a country village is associated with greater climate scepticism and lower concern compared to living in a big city. Also, higher climate change concern and pro-environmental norms are associated with living in a region with constant population growth. These geographical differences are independent of individual-level socioeconomic attributes as well as one's political orientation. Additionally, the results show that both climate change attitudes and reporting energysaving behaviour are strongly stratified by level of education and reveal that those in lower income deciles feel less pro-environmental norm but nonetheless report greater engagement with energy-saving behaviour. In sum, the results highlight that climate change mitigation is not a uniform project either spatially or within certain socioeconomic strata. Hence, our results suggest that socioeconomic disadvantage (belonging to the lowest education and income levels) and spatial marginalisation (living in more rural surroundings and declining regions) should be better acknowledged when reworking climate change and environmental policies in the EU.
Subject: Climate change
Climate change attitudes
Pro-environmental behaviour
Urban -rural differences
Social exclusion
Spatial justice
RURAL-URBAN DIFFERENCES
ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN
LIFE-STYLES
ENERGY
DETERMINANTS
ATTITUDES
IDENTITY
BEHAVIOR
POVERTY
MODEL
1172 Environmental sciences
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: publishedVersion


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