The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on environmental values

Joanne Sneddon, Ella Daniel, Ronald Fischer, Julie A. Lee

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Abstract

Environmental values emphasize protection of the natural environment and promote behaviors that express this broad motivational goal. Thus, changes in these values at the community and individual levels are likely to have significant consequences for sustainability efforts. We examined the relative importance of environmental values in Australian adults at five time points over 4 years, including a period of stability (2017–2019) and a period of crisis (early and late in the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic). We found that the relative importance of environmental values increased from 2017 to 2019 and decreased during the pandemic. Importantly, the decrease in 2020 was lessened by individuals’ connection with nature.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSustainability Science
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • Connection with nature
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Environmental values
  • Human values
  • Value change

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