On December 1, Professor Meg Reardon will present on a relatively new conceptualization of environmental justice—the idea that nature has rights independent of humans.
Utilizing a sample of undergraduates and community members, her research examined whether attitudes towards fracking (an environmental issue germane to Western Pennsylvania) mediate the impact of personal characteristics (e.g., moral foundations, system justification, belief in the dominant social paradigm, goals, knowledge of environmental issues) on environmental justice.
Results illustrate the complex relationships between personal characteristics and conceptions of justice and highlight the importance of environmental experiences in shaping these relationships.
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Department of Psychology