Climate change: Motivation for taking measure to adapt

Kristina Blennow, Johannes Persson

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Abstract

We tested two consequences of a currently influential theory based on the notion of seeing adaptations to climate change as local adjustments to deal with changing conditions within the constraints of the broader economic–social–political arrangements. The notion leaves no explicit role for the strength of personal beliefs in climate change and adaptive capacity. The consequences were: (i) adaptive action to climate change taken by an individual who is exposed to and sensitive to climate change is not influenced to a considerable degree by their strength of belief in climate change and (ii) adaptive action to climate change taken by an individual who is exposed to and sensitive to climate change is not influenced to a considerable degree by their strength of belief in an adaptive capacity. Data from a 2004 questionnaire of 1950 Swedish private individual forest owners, who were assumed exposed to and sensitive to climate change, were used. Strength of belief in climate change and adaptive capacities were found to be crucial factors for explaining observed differences in adaptation among Swedish forest owners.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-104
JournalGlobal Environmental Change
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Philosophy

Keywords

  • Adaptive capacity
  • Belief
  • Epistemic risk
  • Adaptation

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