People can do something good for the environment in many different ways. Think about recycling used paper, saving energy by taking shorter showers and cycling to work instead of going by car. Many of such behaviors involve some effort or come at the expense of convenience and comfort. So why do many people still decide to act environmentally-friendly?
The findings in this PhD thesis suggest that people are not as calculating in their environmental decision-making as they are often assumed to be. Such decisions appear to be more strongly driven by feelings: people are more likely to act environmentally-friendly, when they anticipate that this will make them feel good about themselves. Feelings more strongly affect people’s environmental decision-making than how much people believe they can benefit from pro-environmental actions, for instance in terms of money. These feelings can originate from the implications of pro-environmental actions for people’s self-concept: going green signals to people that they are good and moral human beings and elicits positive feelings, a phenomenon that is also known as a ‘warm glow’. This ‘warm-glow’ may manifest itself even rather literally in the form of perceiving higher temperatures when learning one acted pro-environmentally, thus giving people a warm feeling when they act environmentally-friendly because their (moral) self-concept is boosted.
On Friday 26 April, Prof. Linda Steg has been appointed Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion.
Annita Kobes, Floor Middel en Pieter van Rees, alle drie promovendi aan de Faculteit Gedrags- en Maatschappijwetenschappen, krijgen een Fulbright scholarship toegewezen. Met deze beurs kunnen zij drie maanden onderzoek doen in de Verenigde Staten.
Sociologen van de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen zijn sinds twee jaar bezig met de ontwikkeling en implementatie van SterkWerk, een aanpak om actief te werken met verantwoordelijkheid, eigenaarschap en status in de bovenbouw van het basisonderwijs. SterkWerk...