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Climate Change or Climate Crisis? Investigating the Views of Forestry Students on the Causes, Consequences and Tools for the Mitigation of Climate Change

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Abstract

Scientists express different views on climate change and often disagree about the extent to which human activity affects the climate in the long run. While much has been published on citizens as well as primary and secondary school students, research on the attitudes of undergraduate students whose study field is related to environmental management is still limited. To fill this gap, this paper examines the views and attitudes towards the causes, consequences and mitigation measures of climate change among undergraduate students of the Department of Forestry and Management of the Environment and Natural Resources, Orestiada, Greece. Results show that the respondents perceived the pollution caused by industries and the lack of effective policies on environmental management as the most important causes of climate change while ice melting and extreme temperatures were regarded as the most concerning effects. In terms of measures, to mitigate the problem, the transition to a renewable energy-based energy system along with changing citizens’ environmental behaviour were rated as the most effective measures. The results presented in this study could be useful to national and international climate policies in the future.

Keywords

  • Climate change
  • Attitudes to climate change
  • Forestry students
  • Causes
  • Consequences
  • Mitigation of climate change

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Karasmanaki, E., Tsantopoulos, G., Manolas, E. (2022). Climate Change or Climate Crisis? Investigating the Views of Forestry Students on the Causes, Consequences and Tools for the Mitigation of Climate Change. In: Leal Filho, W., Manolas, E. (eds) Climate Change in the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Region. Climate Change Management. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-78566-6_14

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