Public engagement with climate change: the role of human values
Article first published online: 21 JAN 2014
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Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change
Volume 5, Issue 3, pages 411–422, May/June 2014
How to Cite
Corner, A., Markowitz, E. and Pidgeon, N. (2014), Public engagement with climate change: the role of human values. WIREs Clim Change, 5: 411–422. doi: 10.1002/wcc.269
- Issue published online: 16 APR 2014
- Article first published online: 21 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 13 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Received: 5 JUL 2013
A long history of interdisciplinary research highlights the powerful role that human values play in shaping individuals' engagement with environmental issues. That certain values are supportive of proenvironmental orientation and behavior is now well established. But as the challenge of communicating the risks of climate change has grown increasingly urgent, there has been a rise in interest around how values shape public engagement with this issue. In the current paper, we review the growing body of work that explores the role of human values (and the closely related concept of cultural worldviews) in public engagement with climate change. Following a brief conceptual overview of values and their relationship to environmental engagement in general, we then provide a review of the literature linking value-orientations and engagement with climate change. We also review both academic and ‘gray’ literature from civil society organizations that has focused on how public messages about climate change should be framed, and discuss the significance of research on human values for climate change communication strategies.
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Conflict of interest: The authors have declared no conflicts of interest for this article.