Does Pollution Affect How People View the Environment?


Before the Air Pollution Control Act of 1955, ...

Before the Air Pollution Control Act of 1955, air pollution was not considered a national environmental problem. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How Perceived Exposure to Environmental Harm Influences Environmental Behavior in Urban China  (Abstract, Xiaodong Chen, M. Nils Peterson, Vanessa Hull, Chuntian Lu, Dayong Hong and Jianguo Liu, AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment, Jul. 23, 2012)

Also discussed here: Pollution Can Make Citizens, Both Rich and Poor, Go Green (ScienceDaily, Jul. 30, 2012)

From China comes a revealing article that explores how people react to pollution and environmental degradation around them and in particular what action they take. The research indicates that people are more apt to act in a way that directly controls or affects the pollution and this includes taking legal action. The unfortunate link between economic development and harm to the environment also suggests that continued economic growth in China will inspire more and more public reaction. The question we are left with is how closely does the action of people in other countries follow those in China. If it does, from a public policy standpoint in times of environmental crises, cities in other countries need to have ready plans to make major advances on environmental protection and improvement.

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