Environmental Trust: A Cross-National Study

Saturday, July 19, 2014: 9:30 AM
Room: Booth 51
Oral Presentation
Sandra MARQUART-PYATT , Sociology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Environmental issues, topics, and concerns are some of the most pressing global challenges of our times.  Research demonstrates public opinion on environmental concerns is global, yet simultaneously wide-ranging and varied.  Despite its importance, however, our understanding of the within-country dynamics related to the expression of environmental views remains underspecified.  This research examines environmental trust using the International Social Survey Program Environment data from 2000 to advance the literature on the globalization of environmental concern by articulating its content and expression in three regional clusters derived from previous research.  Important similarities are shown across regions regarding the model overall.  Some intriguing differences are revealed in the model when examining results for countries individually within the three regions.