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Are Citizens not Accurately Informed About Long-Term Societal Costs of Unsustainable Travel or Do They not Care?
Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, P.O. Box 500, 40530 Göteborg, Sweden.
Department of Geosciences, Utrecht University, P.O. Box 80115, 2508TC, The Netherlands.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT. Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Service Research Center. (Samot - The service and market oriented research group)
2015 (English)In: Travel behaviour and society, ISSN 2214-367X, Vol. 2, no 1, 26-31 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We argue that people think more about the short-term individual benefits of personal motorized travel than the long-term societal costs. One explanation is that people are more concerned about their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of their close relatives than the well-being of unknown others. Another explanation is that people have less knowledge of the long-term societal costs than of the short-term individual benefits. Research findings documenting long-term societal costs may increase this knowledge if accurately conveyed by governments, mass media, producers and providers of travel services, and opinion leaders. We identify several obstacles to such an accurate dissemination of research findings that need to be removed.

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2015. Vol. 2, no 1, 26-31 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-33890OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-33890DiVA: diva2:751455
Available from: 2014-10-01 Created: 2014-10-01 Last updated: 2015-07-02Bibliographically approved

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