The Role of High-Socioeconomic-Status People in Rapidly Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

URL: http://www.nature.com/articles/s41560-021-00900-y

Is it worth targeting people with high socioeconomic status, with customized interventions? This open-access article explores how they can have a disproportionate impact on greenhouse gas emissions and potentially on climate change mitigation and adptation as consumers, investors, role models, organizational participants, and citizens.


Abstract: "People with high socioeconomic status disproportionally affect energy-driven greenhouse gas emissions directly through their consumption and indirectly through their financial and social resources. However, few climate change mitigation initiatives have targeted this population segment, and the potential of such initiatives remains insufficiently researched. In this Perspective, we analyse key characteristics of high-socioeconomic-status people and explore five roles through which they have a disproportionate impact on energy-driven greenhouse gas emissions and potentially on climate change mitigation, namely as consumers, investors, role models, organizational participants and citizens. We examine what is known about their disproportionate impact via consumption and explore their potential influence on greenhouse gas emissions through all five roles. We suggest that future research should focus on strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by high-socioeconomic-status people and to align their investments, organizational choices and actions as social and political change agents with climate change mitigation goals."

Topics: Environment:, Climate change mitigation, Energy efficiency, Sustainable transportation, Climate change adaptation
Resource Type: strategies and interventions
Publisher: Springer Nature
Date Last Updated: 2023-03-14 13:08:38

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