English title: Religion and the environmental opinion in 22 countries: a comparative study.

Author(s): Magnus Hagevi -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2014


The objective is to test if religiosity affects environmental opinion in Europe. Using data from European Social Survey (ESS) 2002/2003, the study answers three questions. At the societal level: Is public opinion about the environment different in political systems with different Christian traditions? Is environmental concern less or higher in the public opinion depending on the degree of secularization in the political systems? At the individual level: Is the environmental opinion of the individual affected by the personal confession of faith, religious involvement, and the dominant religious context? At the societal level, the findings show stronger concern for the environment in Catholic and Eastern Orthodox countries than in Protestant countries. The tendency also shows a weakened concern for the environment in countries with a rather secular population. At the individual level, there are significant positive effects on environmental care from Catholic culture, negative effect from Protestant culture, and no effect from religious involvement.

Volume: 24

Issue: 1

From page no: 91

To page no: 109

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1080/03906701.2014.894333

Journal: International Review of Sociology

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