Identifying the beliefs which predict environmentally friendly behaviour in the Brisbane area : a foundation for informed interventions

Wilson, Lee-Ann M., Strodl, Esben, & Turrell, Gavin (2011) Identifying the beliefs which predict environmentally friendly behaviour in the Brisbane area : a foundation for informed interventions. In 4th Healthy Cities : Making Cities Liveable Conference, 27-29 July 2011, Outrigger Resort & Spa, Noosa, QLD.

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A move to more sustainable living can provide immediate and long term health and environmental benefits. The Green Living Study consisted of a mail survey of 1186 South East Queensland residents and an online survey of a further 451 individuals, primarily from South East Queensland, and explored the predictors of environmentally friendly behaviour. This paper explores the underlying beliefs that were found to predict specific environmentally friendly behaviours, such as walking for transport, switching off lights when not in use, switching off unused appliances at the wall and shopping with reusable bags. Beliefs explored included social norms, advantages and disadvantages of performing the behaviours, and issues of control over ones behaviour. The findings showed that people’s environmentally friendly behaviours may be influenced by convenience, saving money and saving face; i.e. is it easy to do, will I be better off, and will I be seen as ‘different’? Understanding the beliefs which directly predict behaviour can help inform public policy and educational initiatives. A number of models for transferring this knowledge into policy and practice will be discussed.

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ID Code: 46286
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Sustainable Living, Underlying Beliefs, Environmentally Friendly Behaviour, walking for transport, Switching off Lights
ISBN: 9780980814729
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 03 Oct 2011 22:54
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2011 22:55

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