Not all boomers: temporal orientation explains inter- and intra-cultural variability in the link between age and climate engagement.

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Date: May 2021
From: Climatic Change(Vol. 166, Issue 1-2)
Publisher: Springer
Document Type: Report; Brief article
Length: 241 words

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Keywords: Climate change engagement; Temporal orientation; Consideration of future consequences; Socioemotional selectivity theory; Age Abstract Some previous work suggests that older adults, relative to younger adults and teenagers, are less engaged with climate change yet, this pattern is not consistently found across all countries or populations. Here, we consider whether temporal orientation might act as a boundary condition for age effects on climate change engagement. We assess whether cultural (study 1) and inter-individual (study 2) differences in temporal orientation moderate the tendency for older adults to be less engaged with climate change than younger adults. Study 1 (N=44,387) reveals that among European countries, countries with a greater long-term orientation tend to show a weaker (i.e., less negative) relationship between age and the salience of climate change (i.e., cognitive engagement with the topic). Study 2 (N=798) demonstrates that in the USA, the negative relationship between age and climate action intentions becomes smaller in magnitude (i.e., less negative) among those higher in consideration of future consequences, but increases in those higher in consideration of immediate consequences. These findings support the notion that it is a confluence of age and present orientation (and low future orientation) that that drives age-related declines in climate engagement. Author Affiliation: (1) The Media School, Indiana University, Franklin Hall, Bloomington, IN, USA (2) Department of Advertising, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA (a) nathangeiger@zoho.com Article History: Registration Date: 04/29/2021 Received Date: 09/25/2020 Accepted Date: 04/28/2021 Online Date: 05/08/2021 Byline:

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