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

Lorenzoni, I., Nicholson-Cole, S. and Whitmarsh, Lorraine E. 2007. Barriers perceived to engaging with climate change among the UK public and their policy implications. Global Environmental Change 17 (3-4) , pp. 445-459. 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2007.01.004

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This paper reports on the barriers that members of the UKpublic perceive to engaging with climatechange. 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 climatechange. 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 climatechange 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. Policyimplications for effective engagement are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climatechange; Engagement; Barriers; Public perceptions; Mitigation; Behaviour
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0959-3780
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:55

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