The limits of environmental responsibility - A stormwater case study

Syme, Geoffrey J., Nancarrow, Blair E. and Jorgensen, Bradley S. (2002) The limits of environmental responsibility - A stormwater case study. Environment And Behavior, 34 6: 836-847. doi:10.1177/001391602237251

Author Syme, Geoffrey J.
Nancarrow, Blair E.
Jorgensen, Bradley S.
Title The limits of environmental responsibility - A stormwater case study
Journal name Environment And Behavior   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0013-9165
Publication date 2002-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/001391602237251
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 34
Issue 6
Start page 836
End page 847
Total pages 13
Editor Robert B..Bechtel
Place of publication Beverly Hills, California
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Subject C1
751004 The media
400100 Journalism, Communication and Media
0599 Other Environmental Sciences
Abstract The motivation for concern about the environment beyond one's neighborhood is still relatively poorly understood. This article examines the determinants of feelings of responsibility at a regional watershed level. Using demographic, attitudinal, self-reported behavior and neighborhood mapping measures from four cities in Australia, five hypotheses were derived. These were that wider environmental concerns would depend on (a) the physical and social characteristics of the respondents' neighborhoods, (b) the size of their perceived neighborhoods, (c) the length of residence at their localities, (d) educational level and attitudes toward environmental moral responsibility (and the interaction between them), and (e) the level of reported environmentally friendly behavior. Support was gained for all hypotheses except length of residence and the role of general moral attitudes toward the environment. It is concluded that to explain community action at the regional level, it is important to include both spatial and psychological insights and methodologies in research.
Keyword Environmental Studies
Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Biological Sciences Publications
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