Title Future tense: how the language you speak influences your willingness to take climate action Degree of recognition International Media name/outlet The Conversation Media type Web Country Australia Date 8/03/18 Description Our research shows that the way in which a language refers to the future has a bearing on environmental behaviour and policies.
A change from a present- to a future-tensed language results in a 20% decrease in an individual’s propensity to help safeguard the environment. Speakers of future-tensed languages are 24% less willing to pay higher taxes to fund environmental policies. These estimates are based on the World Values Surveys, a collection of nationally representative, individual-level surveys conducted in nearly 100 countries.
A similar effect can be seen at the national level. Countries that speak a present-tensed language generally have stricter climate change policies.
URL theconversation.com/future-tense-how-the-language-you-speak-influences-your-willingness-to-take-climate-action-92587 Persons Clas Weber, Astghik Mavisakalyan, Yashar Tarverdi
- Future tense
- Climate change
- Environmental economics