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Why Good People Do Bad Environmental Things

Elizabeth R. DeSombre


We all behave in ways that cause environmental harm whether we intend to or not. This book looks at how social structures, incentives, information, habits, attitudes, norms, and the inherent characteristics of environmental resources explain and influence how we behave, and how those causes influence what we can do to change behavior. It is essential to understand why bad environmental behavior makes sense, especially from an individual perspective, in order to figure out how to change that behavior. Environmental activists often focus on providing information or raising concern about environm ... More

Keywords: environment, environmental behavior, incentive, information, habit, attitude, norm, social structure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190636272
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190636272.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth R. DeSombre, author
Camilla Chandler Frost Professor of Environmental Studies, Wellesley College

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