Barriers perceived to engaging with climate change among the UK public and their policy implications

Irene Lorenzoni, Sophie Nicholson-Cole, Lorraine Whitmarsh, Sophie Day

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Abstract

This paper reports on the barriers that members of the UK public perceive to engaging with climate change. It draws upon three mixed-method Studies, with an emphasis on the qualitative data which offer an in-depth insight into how people make sense of climate change. The paper defines engagement as an individual's state, comprising three elements: cognitive, affective and behavioural. A number of common barriers emerge from the three studies, which operate broadly at 'individual' and 'social' levels. These major constraints to individual engagement with climate change have implications for achieving significant reductions in greenhouse gases in the UK. We argue that targeted and tailored information provision should be supported by wider structural change to enable citizens and communities to reduce their carbon dependency. Policy implications for effective engagement are discussed. (C) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-459
Number of pages15
JournalGlobal Environmental Change
Volume17
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • climate change
  • engagement
  • barriers
  • public perceptions
  • mitigation
  • behaviour
  • ENVIRONMENTAL BEHAVIOR
  • RISK PERCEPTIONS
  • PEOPLE KNOW
  • SCIENCE
  • REPRESENTATIONS
  • COMMUNICATION
  • PERSPECTIVES
  • KNOWLEDGE
  • ATTITUDES
  • MODELS

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