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Does green consumerism increase the acceptance of wind power?

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  • John Thøgersen
  • Caroline Noblet, University of Maine. School of Economics, United States
In this paper,we discuss what might be termed an action-based learning approach to promoting important pro-environmentalactions,such as support for or acceptance of environmental policy.Such an approach involves promoting simple and easy behaviours as entry points for more radical steps towards sustainability,referred to as ‘‘catalytic’’ or ‘‘wedge’’ behaviours. Despite the obvious need for innovative approaches to promote important pro-environmental behaviour, and sound theoretical backing for such concepts, there is a lack of research testing the key propositions of this approach. In a survey study based on a random sample of residents of the state of Maine, USA, we find that both everyday ‘‘ green ’’ behaviour and the acceptance of an expansion of wind power are rooted in environmental concern and that everyday ‘‘green’’ behaviour gives a significant contribution to predicting acceptance of wind power when controlling for environmental concern.Hence, the promotion of everyday ‘‘green’’ behaviours may prepare the grounds for increasing acceptance of more far-reaching changes in the population, such as an expansion of wind power.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnergy Policy
Volume51
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)854–862
Number of pages9
ISSN0301-4215
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

    Research areas

  • Spillover, Wind power, Green consumerism

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