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Dark green humility: religious, psychological, and affective attributes of proenvironmental behaviors

  • Bron Taylor
  • Jen Wright
  • Todd LeVasseurEmail author
Original Article

Abstract

Through a novel survey instrument, we examined traits and characteristics that various scholars and observers have averred promote or hinder proenvironmental behaviors. We found that those who hold anthropocentric and monotheistic religious views, and express low levels of environmental, religious, and cosmic humility, are less likely to engage in proenvironmental behaviors than those who maintain views, or express affinity with affective traits, values, and spiritual understandings, that are ecocentric, Organicist/Gaian, pantheistic, animistic, and that in general reflect humility about the human place in the world.

Keywords

Environmental behavior Religion Humility Affect Environmental psychology Environmental sociology Environmental anthropology Environmental history Religion and nature Sustainability 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Religion to College of Liberal Arts and SciencesUniversity of FloridaFloridaUSA
  2. 2.Rachel Carson Center for Environment and SocietyMunichGermany
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyCollege of CharlestonCharlestonUSA
  4. 4.Environmental and Sustainability StudiesCollege of CharlestonCharlestonUSA
  5. 5.Sustainability Literacy InstituteCollege of CharlestonCharlestonUSA

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