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Type: Journal article
Title: Understanding and encouraging greater nature engagement in Australia: results from a national survey
Author: Zuo, A.
Wheeler, S.
Edwards, J.
Citation: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 2015; 59(6):1107-1125
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 0964-0568
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Alec Zuo, Sarah Ann Wheeler and Jane Edwards
Abstract: Interaction with nature has a range of significant health, ecological and economic benefits and a number of governments are implementing policies to increase humans’ engagement with nature. Using a large nationally representative survey sample in Australia, this study provides a detailed comment on the feasibility of such a policy, as well as contributing to an understanding of the characteristics of individuals who engaged in one or more of five dimensions of nature interaction, namely: nature engagement; conservation participation; nature advocacy; environmentally friendly purchasing and future engagement with nature conservation. The results indicate that age, income, education, marital status and household structure are all important influences on various types of nature engagement. It is suggested that increasing opportunities for young people to interact with nature is important, as well as supporting older people's involvement in conservation, plus focusing on the need to target and direct various policies.
Keywords: Nature; engagement; environmental behaviour
Rights: © 2015 University of Newcastle upon Tyne
DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2015.1054926
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