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The Genesis of Climate Change Activism: From Key Beliefs to Political Advocacy

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The mitigation of climate change will require extensive policy and regulatory change in the U.S. Recognizing that citizens’ political activism increases the probability that such changes are instituted, we analyze the psychological motivators of individuals who contact government officials in support of mitigation policies. We fit a path model that describes the paths of influence leading from four key beliefs about climate change – its reality, threat, human causation, and potential for reduction – through multiple intervening variables to political advocacy. The model shows that the four key beliefs are associated with higher issue involvement and stronger beliefs about the need for mitigation action, which in turn predict opinion leadership, perceptions of the effectiveness of activism, and perceived barriers to activism. These variables are strongly predictive of political advocacy, explaining 85% of the variance in contacts with government officials, both actual and intended. The results are discussed terms of beliefs that may be targeted in campaigns to increase citizens’ climate change activism.

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Roser-Renouf, Connie., Maibach, Edward., Leiserowitz, Anthony. and Zhao, Xiaoquan. "The Genesis of Climate Change Activism: From Key Beliefs to Political Advocacy" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, TBA, Boston, MA, May 23, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p491889_index.html>

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Roser-Renouf, C. , Maibach, E. , Leiserowitz, A. and Zhao, X. , 2011-05-23 "The Genesis of Climate Change Activism: From Key Beliefs to Political Advocacy" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, TBA, Boston, MA Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p491889_index.html

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Abstract: The mitigation of climate change will require extensive policy and regulatory change in the U.S. Recognizing that citizens’ political activism increases the probability that such changes are instituted, we analyze the psychological motivators of individuals who contact government officials in support of mitigation policies. We fit a path model that describes the paths of influence leading from four key beliefs about climate change – its reality, threat, human causation, and potential for reduction – through multiple intervening variables to political advocacy. The model shows that the four key beliefs are associated with higher issue involvement and stronger beliefs about the need for mitigation action, which in turn predict opinion leadership, perceptions of the effectiveness of activism, and perceived barriers to activism. These variables are strongly predictive of political advocacy, explaining 85% of the variance in contacts with government officials, both actual and intended. The results are discussed terms of beliefs that may be targeted in campaigns to increase citizens’ climate change activism.


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