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    How does culture or development construct the way people think about and act towards the environment? by Wei, Siqi

    This study examines the similarities and differences in environmental values and attitudes between Chinese and US college students, and predicts their correlation with one’s intention to take environmental actions. Quantitative findings suggest that the majority of participants in both groups share a similar level of environmental knowledge and converged environmental attitudes, except for their perception of nature. Qualitative findings, however, reveal that the perception of environmental problems and the structure of environmental attitudes differ greatly between these two groups of participants insofar as their similar levels of environmental concerns. Contextual factors between these two cultures are also explored to evaluate their enabling or constraining effects on environmental behaviors. This study represents a substantial step in building a better understanding of the interplay between cultural practices and environmental attitudes. It also has great implication for promoting the efficiency of the practice of environmental education at an international level.