Human–nature connectedness as a ‘treatment’ for pro-environmental behavior: making the case for spatial considerations

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Human–nature connectedness as a ‘treatment’ for pro-environmental behavior : making the case for spatial considerations. / Klaniecki, Kathleen; Leventon, Julia; Abson, David J.

In: Sustainability Science, Vol. 13, No. 5, 01.09.2018, p. 1375-1388.

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title = "Human–nature connectedness as a {\textquoteleft}treatment{\textquoteright} for pro-environmental behavior: making the case for spatial considerations",
abstract = "The degree to which an individual feels connected to the natural world can be a positive predictor of pro-environmental behavior (PEB). This has led to calls to {\textquoteleft}reconnect to nature{\textquoteright} as a {\textquoteleft}treatment{\textquoteright} for PEB. What is not clear is the relationship between where one feels connected to nature and where one acts pro-environmentally. We propose that integrating spatial scale into the conceptualization of these constructs will provide insights into how different degrees of connectedness influence pro-environmental behavior. We discuss trends towards a spatial understanding of human–nature connectedness (HNC) and introduce three archetypes that highlight scalar relationships between scale of connectedness and scale of pro-environmental behavior: (1) equal interactions, (2) embedded interactions, and (3) extended interactions. We discuss potential policy and practice implications of taking a spatially explicit approach to HNC–PEB research, and propose a research agenda for investigating these scalar relationships that can inform nature as a {\textquoteleft}treatment{\textquoteright} intervention.",
keywords = "Local-to-global scales, Nature as treatment, Nature connectedness, Pro-environmental behavior, Sustainability, Sustainability Science",
author = "Kathleen Klaniecki and Julia Leventon and Abson, {David J.}",
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KW - Nature as treatment

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KW - Pro-environmental behavior

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