Motivation and climate change: A review

Cameron Brick, Anna Bosshard, Lorraine Whitmarsh

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Abstract

This paper reviews motivations people experience about climate change and integrates recent findings into the BUCkET model of core social goals. We argue that environmentalism is not the main cause of thoughts or behaviors about climate change. Rather, the evolved social needs for Belongingness, Understanding, Control, self-Enhancement, and Trust are more practical intervention targets than the attempt to create environmentalist beliefs or identities. We used database searches to identify the key research areas on motivation and climate change and synthesized articles into the BUCkET model. This reveals some limiting assumptions of previous approaches and suggests the effectiveness of targeting existing motives rather than fostering new values or worldviews.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-88
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
Volume42
Early online date20 Apr 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Attitude-behavior gap
  • Environmentalism
  • Knowledge deficit model
  • Motivation
  • Proenvironmental behavior
  • Prosociality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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