Examining How Projections About the Future of Society Are Related to Present-Day Climate Change Action

Milfont, Taciano L., Bain, Paul G., Souza, Roosevelt V. L., Gouveia, Valdiney V. and Kashima, Yoshihisa (2014) Examining How Projections About the Future of Society Are Related to Present-Day Climate Change Action. Psico, 45 3: 359-368.

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Author Milfont, Taciano L.
Bain, Paul G.
Souza, Roosevelt V. L.
Gouveia, Valdiney V.
Kashima, Yoshihisa
Title Examining How Projections About the Future of Society Are Related to Present-Day Climate Change Action
Journal name Psico   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0103-5371
1980-8623
Publication date 2014-07
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 45
Issue 3
Start page 359
End page 368
Total pages 10
Place of publication Porto Alegre, Brazil
Publisher Editora da P U C R S
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Global climate change will affect all domains of person-environment relations. Tackling climate change will require
social change that can be motivated by people’s imaginings of the future of their society where such social change has
occurred. We use the “collective futures” framework to examine whether beliefs about the future of society are related
to present-day intentions to take climate change action. Participants from two Brazilian samples imagined their society
in 2050 where climate change was mitigated and then rated how this future society would differ from Brazilian society
today in terms of societal-level dysfunction and development and personal-level traits and values. To the extent that
participants believed preventing climate change would result in societal development and more competence traits, they
were more willing to engage in environmental citizenship activities. Individual differences in future time perspective
also impacted environmental citizenship intention. Societal development and consideration of future consequences
seem to be distinct routes by which future thinking influence climate change action.
Keyword Climate change
Future thinking
Environmental citizenship
Collective futures
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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