Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Effects of Utah climate change beliefs on conservation policy support, residential water use, and public concern

Presenter Information

Grant HolyoakFollow

Class

Article

Department

Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology

Faculty Mentor

Douglas Jackson-Smith

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

While extensive research has analyzed the effects of climate change on water resources, less analysis has examined how a population's belief about climate change affects its support of local water conservation policies. This study analyzes Utahan climate change opinions, examining the connections between belief in anthropocentric climate change and mandatory conservation policy support in Utah. Other research has demonstrated that climate change beliefs, while reflecting personal ideology, do not result in individual-level conservation practices (cite). This study examines that claim for Utahans. It also compares the level of concern felt by residents who believe in anthropocentric climate change to that felt by those who believe that climate change is a natural process.

Start Date

4-9-2015 9:00 AM

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Effects of Utah climate change beliefs on conservation policy support, residential water use, and public concern

While extensive research has analyzed the effects of climate change on water resources, less analysis has examined how a population's belief about climate change affects its support of local water conservation policies. This study analyzes Utahan climate change opinions, examining the connections between belief in anthropocentric climate change and mandatory conservation policy support in Utah. Other research has demonstrated that climate change beliefs, while reflecting personal ideology, do not result in individual-level conservation practices (cite). This study examines that claim for Utahans. It also compares the level of concern felt by residents who believe in anthropocentric climate change to that felt by those who believe that climate change is a natural process.