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Pro-environmental behavior and public understanding of climate change

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  • Muhammad Masud

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  • Rulia Akhtar

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  • Rafia Afroz

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  • Abul Al-Amin

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  • Fatimah Kari

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to examine whether awareness, knowledge and risk perception of climate change have significant influence on attitudes and pro-environmental behaviour. The study found that awareness, knowledge and risk perception of climate change positively influence the formation of favourable attitudes future action climate change. In addition, this paper also found mediated relationship through attitudes between awareness, knowledge, risk perception and pro-environmental behaviour. The paper argues that people are more likely to accept pro-environmental behaviours only if they have sufficient understanding of the adverse impacts of no action. This study offers decision makers field data to formulate relevant environmental policies and strategies in Malaysia. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015

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  • Muhammad Masud & Rulia Akhtar & Rafia Afroz & Abul Al-Amin & Fatimah Kari, 2015. "Pro-environmental behavior and public understanding of climate change," Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Springer, vol. 20(4), pages 591-600, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:masfgc:v:20:y:2015:i:4:p:591-600
    DOI: 10.1007/s11027-013-9509-4
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