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Longitudinal relations between belief in climate change and environmental efficacy

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Climate change is one the most important issues we face today as it has catastrophic consequences for our environment, communities, and well-being. Thus, an individual’s pro-environmental behaviours are important to mitigate the climate crisis we face today. Research indicates that increased awareness of the climate crisis has led to various climate actions such as the climate strikes in 2019. We test our pre-registered predictions using two waves of an annual national panel study, the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Survey (N = 13,918). Cross-lagged results indicate that the climate change is real item and the personal action item showed partial support for a bidirectional association one-year later. These longitudinal findings reveal a novel link between belief in climate change and environmental efficacy, which is crucial for understanding pro-environmentalism among/of individuals in the community.
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2024
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The University of Waikato
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