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Abstract

Abstract

Due to exponential growth of population and consumption of natural resources at an even faster pace, the impact of human behavior on the natural environment is becoming readily apparent. Resources are becoming less abundant, space is becoming more limited, and pollution of air, water, and land are beginning to have a direct impact on the inhabitants of the planet. This paper presents the findings of the study that was undertaken to understand the environmentally significant behavior. The study analyzes the factors that have been found to have some influence, positive or negative, on pro-environmental behavior such as demographic factors, external factors (economic, social and cultural) and internal factors (motivation, pro-environmental knowledge, awareness, values, attitudes, emotion, responsibilities and priorities). The study consist of two parts, part one was a questionnaire-based exploratory study to elicit responses from citizens and other residents. Utilizing suitable sampling technique, responses were collected from a multitude of respondents. This was done to provide representation of various groups residing in Qatar. Based on the findings of the questionnaire study and exhaustive literature review the second part of the study focused on developing an interpretative structural model of the barriers to pro-environmental behavior. The research shows that not all barriers of require the same amount of attention. There exists a group of barriers that have a high driving power and low dependence requiring maximum attention and are of strategic importance and another group that have a high dependence but low driving power. This classification provides a useful tool to policy makers developing strategies to conserve environment so as to differentiate between independent and dependent variables which would further help them to focus on those variables that are most important for inculcating environmentally responsible behavior in the people residing in the state of Qatar.

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2011-11-20
2019-12-13
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