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Factors predicting proclivity and intensity to volunteer for the environment in the US and South Korea

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This research compares environmental volunteering among students in South Korea and the US (n = 3612). Given differing environmental histories of these countries, we explore whether and to what extent volunteer proclivity and intensity varies, and potential factors that explain existing variation. Findings suggest that American students are more likely to volunteer for, and devote time to, environmental causes, while South Korean students differ on socio-economic correlates of such behaviour. In a global society, understanding determinants of environmental volunteer participation is critical to the management of environmental NGOs that are involved in broad-based and participatory planning, educating stakeholders and legitimising environmental advocacy.
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Keywords: cross national; environmental knowledge; pro-environmental behaviours; volunteering

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania, 3701 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA, 19104-6214, USA 2: Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Haifa, Haifa, 31905, Israel 3: The Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem, 91905, Israel 4: School of Business, KyungHee University, Seoul, The Republic of Korea

Publication date: May 4, 2015

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