Climate Change Research ›› 2021, Vol. 17 ›› Issue (2): 212-222.doi: 10.12006/j.issn.1673-1719.2020.039

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Factors affecting climate change mitigation behavior intention and behavior in Chinese teenagers

WANG Xue-Qi1,2, CHEN Jin1()   

  1. 1 CAS Key Laboratory of Tropical Forest Ecology, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Mengla 666303, China
    2 University of Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing 100049, China
  • Received:2020-03-02 Revised:2020-03-23 Online:2021-03-30 Published:2021-04-02
  • Contact: CHEN Jin


It is crucial to conduct climate change education for teenagers so that they could appropriately deal with climate change issues in the coming future. To conduct effective climate change education, it requires determining the factors that affecting climate change mitigation behavior and the behavior intention. In this study, we did these analyses based on the theories of the climate change mitigation behavior and the behavior intention of teenagers. The questionnaires have been conducted with 1539 students from nine middle schools of three cities (in Xiamen, Shenzhen and Ningbo). Results indicated that Chinese teenagers situated at a medium level in climate change concern and climate change mitigation behavior, and a low level in climate change knowledge. The past behavior, self-efficiency and the climate change involvement provided significant explanations to students’ mitigation behavior intention. Climate change involvement and self-efficiency showed significant explanation to the climate change mitigation behavior. Furthermore, subjective knowledge of climate change and conscientiousness personality could positively promote climate change mitigation behavior. Based on these findings, more attention should be paid to enhance climate change involvement, knowledge of climate change and self-efficiency for Chinese teenagers in climate change education.

Key words: Climate change, Mitigation behavior, Behavior intention, Teenager

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