People’s perceptions of plant-based diets and its effect on climate change.

Kirkby, Lucy (2017) People’s perceptions of plant-based diets and its effect on climate change. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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When discussing the human causes of climate change, it is often fossil fuels that are seen as the major source of carbon dioxide emissions and greenhouse gases. However,recent research has shown that there is another cause that has a far greater impact.This is the breeding of domesticated animals for food and how the products of their life-cycle can dversely effect the environment. Evidence suggests that any reduction or alteration in the consumption of meat has the potential to drastically lower anthropogenic causes of climate change.Despite the importance of this issue, consumers are unlikely to be motivated to change their current diet for a more sustainable diet, without being made more aware
of the impact of their dietary choice on the environment. In order to address this issue,the aims of this study were to investigate people’s perceptions of plant-based diets and examine the potential difficulties of them adapting to a more sustainable diet. The research empirically explored perceptions and thoughts on climate change, current
diets, plant-based diets and potential dietary adaptations, through an inductive content analysis of six interviews, with participants who consumed both a meat or plant-based diet. The study’s findings illustrated both a lack of awareness regarding the impact of meat-based diets on the environment and poor accessibility to alternative plant-based food to be likely predictors of meat consumption. Therefore, suggesting that an increase in availability of plant-based foods and increased education on the connection between meat and climate change would motivate people to make more
sustainable dietary choices.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) Adventure Education
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Departments > Adventure Education
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2017 11:40
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2017 11:40

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