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Redefining climate change inaction as temporal intergroup bias : temporally adapted interventions for reducing prejudice may help elicit environmental protection.

Meleady, R. and Crisp, R. J. (2017) 'Redefining climate change inaction as temporal intergroup bias : temporally adapted interventions for reducing prejudice may help elicit environmental protection.', Journal of environmental psychology., 53 . pp. 206-212.

Abstract

The consequences of the environmental decisions we make today will bear upon future generations of people. We argue that the framing of climate change is inherently intergroup in nature and suggest a reason for inaction on climate change is the perception of future generations as an outgroup. We test whether a technique adapted from the realm of intergroup relations may provide a novel approach to encouraging more sustainable environmental conduct. In Study 1 we found that participants who completed a simple social categorization technique designed to reduce (temporal) intergroup bias subsequently displayed a heightened preference for sustainable goods in a product choice task. Study 2 replicated these results with an alternative measure of pro-environmental intentions, and confirmed that the effect of the intervention on environmental outcomes was explained by changes in intergroup perception.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2017.08.005
Publisher statement:© 2017 This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Date accepted:30 August 2017
Date deposited:31 August 2017
Date of first online publication:01 September 2017
Date first made open access:01 September 2018

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