Going with the Flow

Thomas A. Heberlein

in Navigating Environmental Attitudes

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199773329
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979639 | DOI:
Going with the Flow

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This chapter shows how to take advantage of existing attitudes. Rather than fighting the river or, worse, trying making it go upstream, we can go with the flow and work eddies where water is already headed upstream. As attitudes toward wolves became more positive and norms changed, wolves made comebacks in Michigan, Sweden, and other places. Innovative deer-hunting programs were successfully introduced when they were tailored to naturally changing attitudes. Energy was conserved by capitalizing on existing positive attitudes and implementing technological fixes consistent with attitudes. Millions of dollars have been raised to protect endangered species because positive attitudes toward wolves led to structural changes that allowed people to act on their strong pro-environmental identities.

Keywords: attitudes; cognitive fix; deer hunting; energy conservation; structural fix; technological fix; wolves

Chapter.  3685 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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