The afforestation versus forest exploitation trade-off: Can we preserve long-term benefits for future generations?

[Speaker] Kuwahara, Kazane:1
[Co-author] Igarashi, Tasuku:1
1:Nagoya University Graduate School of Education and Human Development (Japan)

Forest exploitation causes irreversible damage such as desertification. We explored a psychological pathway that encourages people to support afforestation (long-term benefits) rather than forest exploitation (short-term benefits). Focusing on place attachment to one's local district and imaging near-future (30 years later) or far-future (100 years later) generations, we predict that people show the strongest preference for afforestation when they are primed with far-future generations who will live in their loving district. A scenario-based experiment revealed that priming future generations had no effects on the preference, but people highly attached to their local district were more likely to prefer afforestation than those little attached. The results are consistent with previous literature that indicates the strong effects of place attachment on nature-preserving actions. Further improvement in the priming method as an effective reminder of future generations is discussed.
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