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Addressing climate change with behavioral science: a global intervention tournament in 63 countries

Vlasceanu, Madalina, Doell, Kimberly C., Bak-Coleman, Joseph b., Todorova, Boryana, Berkebile-Weinberg, Michael M., Grayson, Samantha j., Patel, Yash, Goldwert, Danielle, Pei, Yifei, Chakroff, Alek, Pronizius, Ekaterina, Van den broek, Karlijn l., Vlasceanu, Denisa, Constantino, Sara, Morais, Michael J., Schumann, Philipp, Rathje, Steve, Fang, Ke, Aglioti, Salvatore maria, Alfano, Mark, Alvarado-Yepez, Andy J., Andersen, Angélica, Anseel, Frederik, Apps, Matthew A. J., Asadli, Chillar, Awuor, Fonda Jane, Azevedo, Flavio, Basaglia, Piero, Bélanger, Jocelyn J., Berger, Sebastian, Bertin, Paul, Białek, Michał, Bialobrzeska, Olga, Blaya-Burgo, Michelle, Bleize, Daniëlle N. M., Bø, Simen, Boecker, Lea, Boggio, Paulo S., Borau, Sylvie, Bos, Björn, Bouguettaya, Ayoub, Brauer, Markus, Brick, Cameron, Brik, Tymofii, Briker, Roman, Brosch, Tobias, Buchel, Ondrej, Buonauro, Daniel, Butalia, Radhika, Carvacho, Héctor, Chamberlain, Sarah A. E., Chan, Hang-Yee, Chow, Dawn, Chung, Dongil, Cian, Luca, Cohen-Eick, Noa, Contreras-Huerta, Luis sebastian, Contu, Davide, Cristea, Vladimir, Cutler, Jo, D'ottone, Silvana, De keersmaecker, Jonas, Delcourt, Sarah, Delouvée, Sylvain, Diel, Kathi, Douglas, Benjamin d., Drupp, Moritz a., Dubey, Shreya, Ekmanis, Jānis, Elbaek, Christian t., Elsherif, Mahmoud, Engelhard, Iris m., Escher, Yannik a., Etienne, Tom W., Farage, Laura, Farias, Ana Rita, Feuerriegel, Stefan, Findor, Andrej, Freira, Lucia, Friese, Malte, Gains, Neil philip, Gallyamova, Albina, Geiger, Sandra j., Genschow, Oliver, Gjoneska, Biljana, Gkinopoulos, Theofilos, Goldberg, Beth, Goldenberg, Amit, Gradidge, Sarah, Grassini, Simone, Gray, Kurt, Grelle, Sonja, Griffin, Siobhán m., Grigoryan, Lusine, Grigoryan, Ani, Grigoryev, Dmitry, Gruber, June, Guilaran, Johnrev, Hadar, Britt, Hahnel, Ulf j.j., Halperin, Eran, Harvey, Annelie j., Haugestad, Christian a. p., Herman, Aleksandra M., Hershfield, Hal E., Himichi, Toshiyuki, Hine, Donald W., Hofmann, Wilhelm, Howe, Lauren, Huaman-Chulluncuy, Enma t., Huang, Guanxiong, Ishii, Tatsunori, Ito, Ayahito, Jia, Fanli, Jost, John T., Jovanović, Veljko, Jurgiel, Dominika, Kácha, Ondřej, Kankaanpää, Reeta, Kantorowicz, Jaroslaw, Kantorowicz-Reznichenko, Elena, Kaplan mintz, Keren, Kaya, Ilker, Kaya, Ozgur, Khachatryan, Narine, Klas, Anna, Klein, Colin, Klöckner, Christian a., Koppel, Lina, Kosachenko, Alexandra i., Kothe, Emily J., Krebs, Ruth, Krosch, Amy R., Krouwel, Andre P. M., Kyrychenko, Yara, Lagomarsino, Maria, Lamm, Claus, Lange, Florian, Lee cunningham, Julia, Lees, Jeffrey, Leung, Tak yan, Levy, Neil, Lockwood, Patricia l., Longoni, Chiara, López ortega, Alberto, Loschelder, David D., Lu, Jackson G., Luo, Yu, Luomba, Joseph, Lutz, Annika E., Majer, Johann M., Markowitz, Ezra, Marsh, Abigail A., Mascarenhas, Karen Louise, Mbilingi, Bwambale, Mbungu, Winfred, Mchugh, Cillian, Meijers, Marijn H. C., Mercier, Hugo, Mhagama, Fenant laurent, Michalakis, Katerina, Mikus, Nace, Milliron, Sarah, Mitkidis, Panagiotis, Monge-Rodríguez, Fredy s., Mora, Youri l., Moreau, David, Motoki, Kosuke, Moyano, Manuel, Mus, Mathilde, Navajas, Joaquin, Nguyen, Tam Luong, Nguyen, Dung Minh, Nguyen, Trieu, Niemi, Laura, Nijssen, Sari R. R., Nilsonne, Gustav, Nitschke, Jonas P., Nockur, Laila, Okura, Ritah, Öner, Sezin, Özdoğru, Asil ali, Palumbo, Helena, Panagopoulos, Costas, Panasiti, Maria serena, Pärnamets, Philip, Paruzel-Czachura, Mariola, Pavlov, Yuri g., Payán-Gómez, César, Pearson, Adam r., Pereira da costa, Leonor, Petrowsky, Hannes m., Pfattheicher, Stefan, Pham, Nhat Tan, Ponizovskiy, Vladimir, Pretus, Clara, Rêgo, Gabriel g., Reimann, Ritsaart, Rhoads, Shawn a., Riano-Moreno, Julian, Richter, Isabell, Röer, Jan philipp, Rosa-Sullivan, Jahred, Ross, Robert m., Sabherwal, Anandita, Saito, Toshiki, Sarrasin, Oriane, Say, Nicolas, Schmid, Katharina, Schmitt, Michael T., Schoenegger, Philipp, Scholz, Christin, Schug, Mariah g., Schulreich, Stefan, Shreedhar, Ganga ORCID: 0000-0003-2517-2485, Shuman, Eric, Sivan, Smadar, Sjåstad, Hallgeir, Soliman, Meikel, Soud, Katia, Spampatti, Tobia, Sparkman, Gregg, Spasovski, Ognen, Stanley, Samantha K., Stern, Jessica A., Strahm, Noel, Suko, Yasushi, Sul, Sunhae, Syropoulos, Stylianos, Taylor, Neil C., Tedaldi, Elisa, Tinghög, Gustav, Huynh, Luu duc toan, Travaglino, Giovanni antonio, Tsakiris, Manos, Tüter, İlayda, Tyrala, Michael, Uluğ, Özden melis, Urbanek, Arkadiusz, Valko, Danila, Van der linden, Sander, Van schie, Kevin, Van stekelenburg, Aart, Vanags, Edmunds, Västfjäll, Daniel, Vesely, Stepan, Vintr, Jáchym, Vranka, Marek, Wanguche, Patrick otuo, Willer, Robb, Wojcik, Adrian dominik, Xu, Rachel, Yadav, Anjali, Zawisza, Magdalena, Zhao, Xian, Zhao, Jiaying, Żuk, Dawid and Van bavel, Jay j. (2024) Addressing climate change with behavioral science: a global intervention tournament in 63 countries. Science Advances, 10 (6). ISSN 2375-2548

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Identification Number: 10.1126/sciadv.adj5778

Abstract

Effectively reducing climate change requires marked, global behavior change. However, it is unclear which strategies are most likely to motivate people to change their climate beliefs and behaviors. Here, we tested 11 expert-crowdsourced interventions on four climate mitigation outcomes: beliefs, policy support, information sharing intention, and an effortful tree-planting behavioral task. Across 59,440 participants from 63 countries, the interventions’ effectiveness was small, largely limited to nonclimate skeptics, and differed across outcomes: Beliefs were strengthened mostly by decreasing psychological distance (by 2.3%), policy support by writing a letter to a future-generation member (2.6%), information sharing by negative emotion induction (12.1%), and no intervention increased the more effortful behavior—several interventions even reduced tree planting. Last, the effects of each intervention differed depending on people’s initial climate beliefs. These findings suggest that the impact of behavioral climate interventions varies across audiences and target behaviors.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.science.org/journal/sciadv
Additional Information: © 2024 The Author(s)
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2024 17:27
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2024 13:54
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/122079

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