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Ecological footprint - a question of morality

Published: 24 February 2014

Is it fair that a small part of the world have a lifestyle that is causing major environmental problems LTU-researchers Simon Matti and Sverker Jagers investigates whether ecological citizenship , where citizens and politicians focus on social justice and not solely on growth, may increase the willingness to change peoples lifestyle in order to solve the global climate problem .

Environmental policy instruments currently dominated by consumer concerns and economic benefits for the individual. Questions about individual responsibility for the global environment , so-called ecological citizenship , lacking in political debate.

Ecological citizenship means, among other things, that citizens develop their " global responsibilities " in order to change their lifestyle. Several studies conducted among others by Sverker Jagers, professor at Luleå University of Technology, shows that 20-40 percent of the adult population claims to be organic citizens and are driven by moral values ​​in their actions to protect the environment.

- We wanted to test whether ecological citizens live as they learn, and our study shows that ecological citizens also acts like that in their daily life, says Simon Matti .

LTU researchers asked 3,000 adults in Sweden about values, behavior and about the concept of ecological citizenship. Ecological citizenship in combination with effective policy tools , according to some scholars, lead to more sustainable long-term behavioral changes in order to protect the global environment.

Simon Matti and Sverker Jagers has in previous research studied people's motives to protect the environment. Right now , they work on a study funded by the Swedish Research Council. Focus is on what makes citizens accept certain environmental policy instruments more easily than others .

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