Environment


“Social norms as incentives to non-automotive travel behaviour” by William Riggs

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Jul 2016

“Social norms as incentives to non-automotive travel behaviour” by William Riggs

Most methods of travel promotion programs have a market-centered approach to nudging or incentivizing people to use alternative forms of transportation. Predominately these either involve offering financial rewards for transit and carpool systems or implementing taxing costs on private vehicle transport. This paper looks at the importance of social norms and forces such as peer pressure and societal expectations in changing people’s attitudes towards walking, cycling or taking the bus rather than driving themselves around. In recent studies it was noted that people responded more to the idea that they were being socially responsible than that they would get a gift...

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What to do about water?

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Jun 2016

What to do about water?

As we saw in our first post, we are in the midst of a water crisis. A lack of water affects 4 in 10 people worldwide. 900 children under the age of five die every single day without access to clean, drinkable water. There has been a six-fold increase in water consumption in the last century alone. South Africa estimates a national deficit of 2 044 million cubic metres by 2025, under a decade away. As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has said, “Science has spoken… Time is not on our side”. So, what is being done about it today? Water worth its...

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The behaviourial barriers to going green: Mapping the water crisis

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May 2016

The behaviourial barriers to going green: Mapping the water crisis

What if this was the last drop? Humans are made up of over 70% water. Earth is too. On the ‘blue planet’ it’s hard to comprehend that one fifth of the world lives in water-scarce areas. That ¼ of the world’s population face water shortages due to insufficient infrastructure. That over 900 million are without reliable access to water, or that 36 million of those reside in Africa alone. By 2025 1.8 billion people will face absolute water scarcity; there just won’t be any left. Actually, that’s one of the biggest problems with encouraging pro-environmental behaviours, from basic recycling to...

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