With responsibility (β = .40) being a significantly stronger predictor of behavioral intentions than anger (β = .20), pdiff < .05, this Tedizolid model suggests that sense of responsibility is a more important facet of the environmental justice – intentions link (see Fig. 1).
6. Discussion and policy implications
The current study analyzed a model of environmental justice that takes into account three principles of environmental justice and underlying psychological processes. Our findings suggest that intergenerational and ecological justice appraisals are stronger predictors for pro-environmental intentions than global justice appraisals (see also Clayton, 2000). The effects of the three justice principles were mediated via sense of responsibility and anger, with the former being a substantially stronger predictor for pro-environmental behavior than the latter.
The second major contribution is skeletal system the current study puts emphasis on the psychological processes that link justice principles with pro-environmental behavior. Previous models of environmental justice highlight that emotions such as anger and moral obligations such as responsibility appraisals are important predictors of pro-environmental commitments (e.g., Kals and Russell, 2001 and Syme et al., 2000). The current research empirically reflects previous model assumptions, but goes beyond: rather than seeing responsibility appraisals and anger as same-level variables, we propose a serial process, with environmental justice appraisals serving as moral basis (Syme et al., 2000) that predicts responsibility and anger. Future research could build up on this, testing under which conditions anger could result in more pro-environmental behavior.