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 .