- Mar 2023
// - This article provides an intersectional study of: - climate change, - collective action research - terror management theory / mortality salience - it explains the beneficial impacts of non-rational relational ontology and recommends the use of ritual practices based on this as a way to promote pro-environmental behavior
// abstract - summary - Rationalist approaches to environmental problems such as climate change - apply an information deficit model, - assuming that if people understand what needs to be done they will act rationally. - However, applying a knowledge deficit hypothesis often fails to recognize unconscious motivations revealed by: - social psychology, - cognitive science, - behavioral economics.
- Applying ecosystems science, data collection, economic incentives, and public education are necessary for solving problems such as climate change, but they are not sufficient.
- Climate change discourse makes us aware of our mortality
- This prompts consumerism as a social psychological defensive strategy,
- which is counterproductive to pro-environmental behavior.
- Studies in terror management theory, applied to the study of ritual and ecological conscience formation,
- suggest that ritual expressions of giving thanks can have significant social psychological effects in relation to overconsumption driving climate change.
- Primary data gathering informing this work included participant observation and interviews with contemporary Heathens in Canada from 2018–2019.
- information deficit model
- knowledge deficit model
- pro-environmental behavior
- sustainable consumerism
- mortality salience
- ritual practices
- collective action
- terror management theory
- relational ontology
- climate change
- Ernest Becker