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Report – Sustainable Behavior
(Introductory edition*)

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Summary: What does it take to sustain the right behaviors over time? Many groups still use 'guilt' and apocalypse imagery to motivate adoption. And they talk about unfairness to next generations. But are these the most effective messages?

In 2007, Vermillion began research into sustainable behavior. A credible research report from the early '90s told us that most adults 'get' the risk of unmanaged environmental impacts. However, we see that when they vote as citizens and consumers, they are driven by different factors. It’s clearly not a straight line between knowing what to do, doing it, and having that successfully reinforced over time.

This report examines the dominant moral reasoning theories and their application to the challenges of motivating sustainable behavior—and suggests what will be more effective approaches going forward.

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First Edition: April 2012

Intended audiences:
SD practitioners, NGOs, public agencies and UN Stakeholders