B4123 - Climate change sustainable diets and religion - 09/08/2022

B number: 
Principal applicant name: 
Dan Major-Smith | Population Health Sciences, University of Bristol
Katie Major-Smith, Prof Jean Golding
Title of project: 
Climate change, sustainable diets, and religion
Proposal summary: 

Human activity is having a dramatic impact on our planet's climate, and measures to reduce carbon emissions to limit to extent of this climate change are urgently needed. In this project, using the recently-collected climate change data in ALSPAC we aim to explore the factors associated with climate change beliefs and behaviours, with a specific focus on both behaviours relating to sustainable diets (i.e., reduction of meat and/or dairy consumption) and religious/spiritual beliefs and behaviours (RSBB).

Impact of research: 
Study 1: To understand whether religion is associated with differences in climate change beliefs and behaviours, which may help understand why religious individuals are more/less likely to believe in climate change and engage in pro-environmental action. Study 2: In addition to understanding the factors associated with reducing meat/dairy consumption for environmental reasons, the identification of said factors may help inform future initiatives to target climate change interventions to previously-missed/hard-to-reach populations and to promote sustainable diets.
Date proposal received: 
Wednesday, 3 August, 2022
Date proposal approved: 
Tuesday, 9 August, 2022
Social Science, Social science, Climate change; sustainable diets