Abstract


EVALUATING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ADULT’S CLIMATE CHANGE ANXIETY LEVELS AND ECOLOGICAL LIFE APPROACH FROM AN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PERSPECTIVE

In the present study, the purpose was to determine the worry levels of adults about climate change and the determinants of ecological life attitudes and to investigate the association between anxiety levels about climate change and ecological life attitudes. This descriptive study was conducted between April and May 2022 as an e-questionnaire with 588 volunteering adults who were aged 18 and over living in Turkey. The data were collected with Personal Information Form, Ecological Life Attitude (ELA) Scale, and Climate Change Worry (CCW) Scale. The mean age of the participants was found to be 30.47±11.14 (Range: 18-74) and 52.0% were women. Climate change anxiety levels and feelings of helplessness about climate change were found to be higher among women and those living in rural areas. Ecological life attitude scores were determinant in the egocentrism dimension at age, occupation, and perceived income level; in the pesticide dimension, at gender, age, education level, and occupation level; in the consumption dimension, at age, occupation, perceived income level; in the biodiversity dimension, at gender, education, occupation and perceived income level. According to the multivariate linear regression analysis and some variables, it was determined that as the feeling of helplessness among the sub-dimensions of the CCW scale increased, the attitudes toward egocentrism decreased and the attitudes toward biological diversity increased, as the feeling of helplessness increased in the adjusted model according. It was found that as the anxiety levels of the sub-dimensions of the CCW scale increased, the scores of the attitudes towards the use and consumption of pesticides in ecological life, which were the sub-dimensions of the ELA scale, increased.



Keywords

Education enviroment, climate change worry, climate change, ecological life attitude_


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