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Protect Me from What I Want: Understanding Excessive Polluting Behavior and the Willingness to Act

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dc.contributor Háskóli Íslands
dc.contributor University of Iceland
dc.contributor.author Gardarsdottir, Ragna B
dc.contributor.author Andradóttir, Hrund
dc.contributor.author Thorsteinsson, Throstur
dc.date.accessioned 2020-12-11T14:01:35Z
dc.date.available 2020-12-11T14:01:35Z
dc.date.issued 2020-07-21
dc.identifier.citation Garðarsdóttir, R.B.; Andradóttir, H.Ó.; Thorsteinsson, T. Protect Me from What I Want: Understanding Excessive Polluting Behavior and the Willingness to Act. Sustainability 2020, 12, 5867.
dc.identifier.issn 2071-1050
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/2289
dc.description Publisher's version (útgefin grein)
dc.description.abstract Many environmental problems stem from unsustainable human consumption. Accordingly, many studies have focused on the barriers to pro-environmental behavior. The inability or unwillingness to act is partially related to personal values as well as the psychological distance between individual actions and the resulting pollution, which is often perceived as abstract or intangible. In contrast, fireworks produce imminent, undeniable air pollution. The goal of this research was to advance the knowledge on the awareness-value-behavior gap by studying public fireworks consumption and the willingness to act against firework pollution. A nationally representative survey was conducted after the extremely polluting 2017/18 New Year's Eve in Iceland (European hourly record in fine particulate matter: 3014 μg/m3). Our results demonstrate that, after controlling for the awareness of harmful pollution, hedonic motives predict the purchasing of fireworks and the opposition to mitigating action. Noticing public warnings regarding fireworks pollution did not significantly relate to the purchase behavior. The awareness of the harmful effects of firework pollution was, however, the largest predictor of the support for mitigating action. Despite reporting the pleasure derived from fireworks, 57% of the sample favored stricter governmental regulation, and 27% favored banning the public use of fireworks in order to "protect them from what they want".
dc.description.sponsorship This research was funded by the Engineering Institute of the University of Iceland (P.I. Hrund Andradóttir).
dc.format.extent 5867
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher MDPI AG
dc.relation.ispartofseries Sustainability;12(14)
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Environmental awareness
dc.subject Firework pollution
dc.subject Hedonic motives
dc.subject Pro-environmental behavior
dc.subject Psychological distance
dc.subject Umhverfismál
dc.subject Loftmengun
dc.subject Skoteldar
dc.title Protect Me from What I Want: Understanding Excessive Polluting Behavior and the Willingness to Act
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dcterms.license This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited
dc.description.version Peer Reviewed
dc.identifier.journal Sustainability
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/su12145867
dc.relation.url https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/12/14/5867/pdf
dc.contributor.department Jarðvísindadeild (HÍ)
dc.contributor.department Faculty of Earth Sciences (UI)
dc.contributor.department Sálfræðideild (HÍ)
dc.contributor.department Faculty of Psychology (UI)
dc.contributor.department Umhverfis- og byggingarverkfræðideild (HÍ)
dc.contributor.department Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering (UI)
dc.contributor.school Verkfræði- og náttúruvísindasvið (HÍ)
dc.contributor.school School of Engineering and Natural Sciences (UI)
dc.contributor.school Heilbrigðisvísindasvið (HÍ)
dc.contributor.school School of Health Sciences (UI)

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