When Appreciating Nature Makes One Care Less for Human Beings – the Role of Belief in Just Nature in Helping Victims of Natural Disasters.

Adrian Wójcik , Aleksandra Cisłak-Wójcik


The concept that nature is just and that it can act against its perpetrators is widespread among environmentalists. In the research presented, we show the consequences of sharing just-nature beliefs for reactions toward victims of natural catastrophes. A preliminary qualitative analysis of environmentalist discourse related to victims of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster caused by a tsunami showed that just-nature beliefs were used to justify the Japanese tragedy. In the following three quantitative studies, we demonstrate that the belief in just-nature is related to a diminished tendency to help human beings who suffered from natural catastrophes. Two correlation studies conducted directly after the earthquake in Japan in 2011 on members of ecological organizations (N = 183) and undergraduates (N = 123) showed that just-nature beliefs result in a tendency to help by giving donations for reducing the consequences of nature rather than for human victims of the tragedy. The results were replicated in a correlation study of undergraduates (N = 153) conducted after Hurricane Sandy.
Author Adrian Wójcik
Adrian Wójcik,,
, Aleksandra Cisłak-Wójcik (Wydział Psychologii)
Aleksandra Cisłak-Wójcik,,
- Wydział Psychologii
Journal seriesSocial Justice Research, ISSN 0885-7466, (A 25 pkt)
Issue year2013
Publication size in sheets0.9
Keywords in EnglishBelief in just nature, Helping, Money donation, Natural disasters
ASJC Classification3308 Law; 3312 Sociology and Political Science; 3314 Anthropology
URL http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11211-013-0187-x
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2014 = 0.585; WoS Impact Factor: 2013 = 0.905 (2) - 2013=1.724 (5)
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