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How does COVID-19 emergency cognition influence public pro-environmental behavioral intentions? An affective event perspective.
Mi, Lingyun; Zhao, Jingjing; Xu, Ting; Yang, Hang; Lv, Tao; Shang, Ke; Qiao, Yaning; Zhang, Zhaopu.
  • Mi L; School of Economics and Management, China University of Mining and Technology, University Road No.1, Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province 221116, China.
  • Zhao J; School of Economics and Management, China University of Mining and Technology, University Road No.1, Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province 221116, China.
  • Xu T; School of Economics and Management, China University of Mining and Technology, University Road No.1, Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province 221116, China.
  • Yang H; School of Economics and Management, China University of Mining and Technology, University Road No.1, Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province 221116, China.
  • Lv T; School of Economics and Management, China University of Mining and Technology, University Road No.1, Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province 221116, China.
  • Shang K; School of Mechanics and Civil Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, University Road No.1, Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province 221116, China.
  • Qiao Y; School of Mechanics and Civil Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, University Road No.1, Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province 221116, China.
  • Zhang Z; School of Economics and Management, China University of Mining and Technology, University Road No.1, Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province 221116, China.
Resour Conserv Recycl ; 168: 105467, 2021 May.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1062578
ABSTRACT
Social impacts and serious damages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in public introspection on the issue of ecological environmental protection. However, whether the public cognition of COVID-19 can promote pro-environmental behavioral intentions (PEBI) has not yet been determined; this is crucial for studying the ecological significance of the pandemic. Based on the affective events theory (AET), this study investigated the mechanism by which COVID-19 emergency cognition influences public PEBI. Following an analysis of 873 public questionnaires, the results reveal that public cognition of COVID-19 emergency can significantly promote PEBI. Among them, the effect of emergency coping is stronger than that of emergency relevance. Besides, the positive and negative environmental affective reactions aroused by COVID-19 pandemic play a mediating role between the emergency cognition and PEBI. Moreover, the positive environmental affective reactions show a stronger positive effect on household-sphere PEBI. However, the negative environmental affective reactions are more prominent in promoting public-sphere PEBI. This research aims to bridge a research gap by establishing a link between COVID-19 pandemic and PEBI. The findings can provide useful recommendations for policymakers to find the opportunity behind the COVID-19 emergency to promote public PEBI.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Type of study: Observational study Language: English Journal: Resour Conserv Recycl Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: J.resconrec.2021.105467

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Type of study: Observational study Language: English Journal: Resour Conserv Recycl Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: J.resconrec.2021.105467