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Green Consumerism Sociology

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Overall, the findings suggest that age plays little to no part in what form of environmental behavior one engages in, except for 2010. Age for that year was seen as a negative predictor of engaging in either behavior set. Income likewise was only found to be significant in the final year and only for green consumerism. This is what I expected to find; however, it was somewhat unexpected that income was not significant in any of the previous years for green consumerism given the behaviors reliance on having a disposable income. This finding may result because of how each construct was created and the use of different items, but it also may be that in past years there were fewer products that one could buy that were major income investments. With the creation of hybrid and all electric cars there are more options that require a larger investment than in past years. Thus, income may only now…show more content…
Every year education was a positive predictor for TEA and for many of the years, political ideology (being more liberal) was also a significant predictor. Political ideology was not significant for green consumerism, which was somewhat unexpected. However, one could argue that the rationale behind green consumerism seems to be based on conservative principles that of the free market. The location of the respondent, suburban and urban, rarely mattered. Urban was found to be a negative predictor for either green consumerism or traditional environmental activism a handful of times. The final demographic variable was that of Political Party where Democrats were more likely to engage in green consumerism or traditional environmental activism more. As we can see from the positive and significant findings in most years, knowing ones’ political party may be a good predictor of what one has done in the way of pro-environmental
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