To befriend the planet we need to deal with a range of environmental issues, but we aren’t doing enough. Psychology offers three ways to explore how to nudge people towards caring for the environment, by considering ‘ABC’: affective, behavioural and cognitive responses, i.e. our feelings, what we do and what we think in relation to the climate crisis. It makes sense to look at the behavioural response last (so ACB instead of ABC) because behaviour is the final outcome. See Box 1 for an explanation of how this article is structured.
This is the first of a new regular column in PSYCHOLOGY REVIEW. The article illustrates a common approach to A-level essays: describe a topic, apply that knowledge and evaluate the suggestion. We have inserted the words [describe], [apply] and [evaluate] to indicate where the different skills are demonstrated. This approach applies in particular to the Edexcel exam topic ‘Key questions’ but all exam boards have questions which require a mixture of the three skills.
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