In an urban experiment, people that received more money gave less for efforts against climate change. Credit: Universitat Rovira I Virgili
Richer people do less to fight climate change - daily science news - environment

A citizen science experiment that quantified how much people do to act against climate changes gave an interesting result: it appears that wealthier people are willing to do less than others.

Participants were grouped and given a certain amount of money from which they had to contribute to efforts for climate preservation. They were allowed to keep any money that was left over. The poorer participants (that received less money at the beginning) spent more compared to richer participants (who started the experiment with higher amounts).

The study demonstrated that cooperation within a group of participants was better than competition between individuals. Moreover, it suggests that discussing generic global climate consequences does not lead to equitable efforts to fight against it.

Read the full story: University Rovira I Virgili
Scientific publication: PLoS ONE