Media uses and social representations of climate change

  • Cabecinhas R
  • Lázaro A
  • Carvalho A
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Abstract

A survey study with Portuguese participants (N=614) was carried out to investigate the relationship between practices of media consumption, the use of other sources of information, and social representations of climate change. Results show a moderate level of knowledge about climate change, a high level of concern and a high level of perceived risk towards the potential effects of climate change, emotionally negative images associated with climate change, and low frequency of climate-friendly individual behaviour. News media are reported to be the main sources of information on climate change and are positively assessed in terms of credibility. Practices of media consumption are a predictor variable of individual mitigation actions, behavioural intentions, concern about climate change and, in a smaller degree, knowledge about climate change. However, they have little impact on risk perceptions and on the emotional valence of the images associated with climate change.

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  • attitudes
  • climate change
  • media
  • risk
  • social representations

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  • Rosa Cabecinhas

  • Alexandra Lázaro

  • Anabela Carvalho

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