Role of Climate Change Awareness and Pro-Environmental Behaviour in Subjective Wellbeing
This study examined the contributions of climate change awareness and pro-environmental behaviour in subjective wellbeing (SWB) of university students. Respondents were 435 students (female =198, male =237), selected from University of Nigeria (Nsukka and Enugu campuses). The average respondent’s age was 21.48 years (SD = 3.54) ranging from 16 to 38 years. They completed the Multidimensional Climate Change Awareness Questionnaire, Pro-ecological Behaviour Scale and the Brief Inventory of Thriving. Climate change awareness is composed of domains: mitigation, consequences, general knowledge and causes. Hierarchical multiple regression using the step-wise method was used in analyzing the data. It was found that only the mitigation domain of climate change awareness significantly and positively predicted SWB (â = .15, t = 2.68, p< .01). Other domains showed positive correlations with SWB but did not significantly predict it. Pro-environmental behaviour positively predicted SWB (â = .19, t = 6.18, p < .001). The findings were consistent with recent developments in environmental and positive psychology indicating the reciprocity between the natural environment and human welfare. Implications were drawn across research, education, practice and policy frameworks.