Climate change, values, and the cultural cognition thesis

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T1 - Climate change, values, and the cultural cognition thesis

AU - Persson, Johannes

AU - Sahlin, Nils-Eric

AU - Wallin, Annika

PY - 2015

Y1 - 2015

N2 - Recently the importance of addressing values in discussions of risk perception and adaptation to climate change has become manifest. Values-based approaches to climate change adaptation and the cultural cognition thesis both illustrate this trend. We argue that in the wake of this development it is necessary to take the dynamic relationship between values and beliefs seriously, to acknowledge the possibility of bi-directional relationships between values and beliefs, and to address the variety of values involved (e.g. personal, epistemic and cultural values). The dynamic relationship between values and beliefs, we claim, highlights the need to bring ethical considerations to bear on climate change communication. In particular, we must ask whether it is acceptable to tailor information about the risks of climate change in an effort to maximize communicative effectiveness given the values of the target group.

AB - Recently the importance of addressing values in discussions of risk perception and adaptation to climate change has become manifest. Values-based approaches to climate change adaptation and the cultural cognition thesis both illustrate this trend. We argue that in the wake of this development it is necessary to take the dynamic relationship between values and beliefs seriously, to acknowledge the possibility of bi-directional relationships between values and beliefs, and to address the variety of values involved (e.g. personal, epistemic and cultural values). The dynamic relationship between values and beliefs, we claim, highlights the need to bring ethical considerations to bear on climate change communication. In particular, we must ask whether it is acceptable to tailor information about the risks of climate change in an effort to maximize communicative effectiveness given the values of the target group.

KW - cultural cognition thesis

KW - science communication

KW - risk communication

KW - scientific integrity

KW - climate change adaptation

KW - value-based decision

U2 - 10.1016/j.envsci.2015.05.001

DO - 10.1016/j.envsci.2015.05.001

M3 - Article

VL - 52

SP - 1

EP - 5

JO - Environmental Science and Policy

JF - Environmental Science and Policy

SN - 1462-9011

ER -