≪Organizer Abstract≫
Mitigation of global environmental problems requires a concerted effort by people all over the world. For this to happen, it is imperative to acknowledge that what encourage and what discourage environmentalism could differ across cultural contexts. This symposium presents four recent works which investigate such cross-cultural variations. First, Milfont will discuss how the desire for hierarchical social structures discourages pro-environmental behavior, and why this effect is particularly pronounced in countries with income inequality. Second, Tam will discuss why awareness of environmental issues and concern for the environment does not always translate into pro-environmental behavior, particularly in cultures characterized by social distrust and fatalism. Third, Ando will discuss why the influences of personal, subjective, and descriptive norms on environmentalism vary across cultures. Last, Leung will discuss how obstacles to environmentalism in local cultural contexts can be overcome by the global emergence of a cosmopolitan worldview.
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