‘Poor nations equally worried about environment’

July 26th, 2008 - 4:11 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, July 26 (IANS) Poor nations are conscious of the need to protect the environment, notwithstanding assumptions that they are too preoccupied with basic needs to be able to do so. Riley E. Dunlap of Oklahoma State University and Richard York of Oregon University compared results from four large cross-national surveys, each conducted in several dozen nations ranging with differing economic statuses.

Results showed that citizens of poorer nations were equally if not more concerned about the environment compared to citizens in wealthier countries. The citizens of the poorer nations were supportive of efforts to solve environmental problems.

The authors believe that previous studies failed to recognise that environmental problems are often a threat to material welfare and not just quality of life.

For example, deforestation may threaten the livelihoods of people who depend on forests for firewood, food sources, and economic products.

“Our results suggest that well-designed policies to promote sustainable development will have more appeal to citizens of poor nations than is often assumed,” the authors conclude.

The study has been published in the Summer 2008 issue of The Sociological Quarterly.

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