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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02319

The Relationship between People’s Environmental Considerations and Pro-Environmental Behavior in Lithuania

  • 1Institute of Psychology, Environmental Psychology Research Centre, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania
  • 2Department of Psychology, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Given the need for global action on climate change, it is crucial to comprehend which factors motivate people in different countries to act more pro-environmentally. Lithuania is a post-socialist country that has recently increased commitment to foster pro-environmental behavior of individuals, by implementing interventions that target mainly the personal costs and benefits of relevant behaviors. Yet, research suggests that people’s general environmental considerations, namely biospheric values and environmental self-identity, can drive people’ pro-environmental behavior and may be important targets for interventions. These studies, however, have been mostly conducted in Western Europe and the US, with limited evidence of relationship between people’s biospheric values, environmental self-identity and pro-environmental behaviors across different countries and cultures. We performed a correlational study with a convenience sample in Lithuania (n=334). Consistent with previous studies and the theory, our study revealed that people’s general environmental considerations were positively related with recycling and environmental activism, but not with fuel-efficient driving and the use of sustainable transportation in Lithuania. We conclude that general environmental considerations are related to pro-environmental behaviors beyond Western Europe and the US. Yet, future studies need to examine the boundary conditions of this relationship and test whether interventions targeting environmental consideration can be effective to promote pro-environmental behavior.

Keywords: pro-environmental behavior, biospheric values, environmental self-identity, environmental considerations, non-WEIRD country

Received: 30 Apr 2019; Accepted: 27 Sep 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Balundė, Perlaviciute and Steg. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Mrs. Audra Balundė, Mykolas Romeris University, Institute of Psychology, Environmental Psychology Research Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania, audra.balunde@mruni.eu