Environmental Participation and Environmental Motivation
Benno Torgler, María A. García Valiñas, Alison Macintyre
Environmental Participation,Environmental Motivation,Environmental Morale,Pro-environmental Attitudes,Social Capital
Climate Change and Sustainable Development
We explore whether environmental motivation affects environmental behavior by focusing on volunteering. The paper first introduces a theoretical model of volunteering in environmental organizations. In a next step, it tests the hypothesis working with a large micro data set covering 32 countries from both Western and Eastern Europe using several different proxies to measure environmental motivation. Our results indicate that environmental motivation has a strong impact on individuals’ voluntary engagement in environmental organizations. A higher level of environmental motivation due to higher environmental moral standards may lead to a stronger voluntary involvement in environmental organizations.