Publication Date

2015

Abstract

This quantitative study of the attitudes towards climate change and energy reduction actions of Australian Christian churchgoers presents data from a series of national surveys, one of which is investigated in greater depth to identify the relationship between religious persuasion and social capital on the one hand and consumer energy reduction and ‘civic’ action on the other. Comparisons are made with reference to surveys of the Australian population carried out in 2006 and 2011. Churchgoers were found to be slightly more pro-environment than the Australian population as a whole in their attitudes and actions. Social capital was a stronger predictor of action, particularly civic actions, than environmental attitudes or religious persuasions. The norm of Christian responsibility for the environment was also a strong predictor of action. Because church leaders were trusted sources of information about climate change, they played an important role in fostering positive changes in attitudes and actions.

Document Type

Journal Article

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