Recent studies are confirming that environmentalists, and activists do influence state pollution levels. The more people get involved the more state environmental measures are taken.
Researchers from the Michigan State University have completed a study that analyzed the links between political U.S. states measures and the level of environmental citizen commitment.
On how the study was structured Thomas Dietz one of the researchers said :
“We’ve used new methods developed over the years and new innovations Ken has developed to add in the politics – and find that politics and environmentalism can mediate some environmental impact,”
The team used Kenneth Frank’s ideas and implemented them in studding the data along with several other calculation methods and algorithms. Kenneth Frank is a professor of sociometrics at the MSU Foundation.
Correlating data from as early as 1990 allowed the team to determine how much has population, state GDP per capita unemployment rates and other factors have influenced greenhouse gas emissions in all of the U.S. States.
The researchers also concluded that when environmentalist levels of commitment rose it affected the number of green house gas emissions of a state directly.
The value of environmentalism was determined by each state’s congressional delegations voting records, as they were rated by the League of Conservation Voters.
Thomas Dietz also stated that behavior and personal choices are influenced by the political measures implemented because of environmental activism.
While each state employed different measures for reducing pollution levels and green house gas emissions, each of these measures had substantial impact.
Considering activism was one of the key pushes that made legislation change, it is naturally acknowledgeable that spreading information and awareness is crucial in the legislative process.
Even drawing attention through acts like peaceful protests have been successful in lowering a certain state’s pollution levels by directly affecting popular opinion on environmental matters.
Even when a national strategy on combating green house gases and other pollution levels was not present, state commitment helped lower the national average.
Either by setting precedents, or by creating awareness local legislation helped national environmental focus rise.
The Study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal.
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