Factors influencing private and public environmental protection behaviors: Results from a survey of residents in Shaanxi, China

Wang Feng, Ann Reisner

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Abstract

Currently one of the largest and most rapidly developing countries, China also has some of the world's most severe environmental problems. China will most likely need to use all of the potential major strategies currently available to solve the country's huge environmental challenges, including promoting individual conservation behavior through educational campaigns and encouraging public environmental advocacy. This paper summarized the findings of a survey of 347 residents of Shaanxi province on environmental attitudes and behaviors. The survey found generally high levels of environmental knowledge and high recognition of the seriousness of environmental issues, moderate levels of individual actions supporting environmental resource conservation and low levels of public environmental behaviors, particularly for organized public advocacy. Further analysis indicated that the perceived importance of environmental protection is the most important factor influencing individual environmental resource conservation, but not public advocacy behaviors. Implications for environmental campaigns are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)429-436
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Volume92
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011

Keywords

  • Environmental behavior
  • Environmental importance
  • Environmental knowledge
  • Gender
  • Public participation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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