Analyzing the role of environmental citizenship in addressing consequences of climate change from a social perspective

Document Type : Research Paper


1 New Era and Development in Civil Engineering Research Group, Scientific Research Center, Al-Ayen University, Thi-Qar, Iraq

2 English Language and Literature Department, Al-Mustaqbal University College, Babylon, Iraq

3 Engineering technical college, Al-Farahidi University, Baghdad, Iraq

4 Al-Nisour University College, Baghdad, Iraq

5 Mazaya University College, Iraq

6 Al-Esraa University College, Baghdad, Iraq



The resolution of environmental issues and problems is contingent on the actions and behaviors of citizens. In this regard, environmental citizenship is of particular significance due to the commitment and accountability of individuals toward problems. The current study examined the level of environmental citizenship and its role in addressing climate change-related problems in Amedi City, Iraq. The statistical population of this study consisted of 11,000 people from the city, and a simple random sampling technique was used to select 420 individuals as a statistical sample. A questionnaire was used to collect the necessary data, and its validity and dependability were also evaluated. SPSS 23 was utilized to verify the results. The findings indicated that citizens' commitment to the environment and addressing one of the environmental crises, i.e., climate change, is adequate (4.02). According to demographic variables, citizens' commitment to addressing the climate change adverse and harmful effects was investigated. The results of the ANOVA test indicated that neither gender (F = 1.26) nor age (F = 4.53) has a significant relationship with environmental citizenship (P > 0.01). In contrast, there was a significant relationship between the level of education (F = 43.49) along with socioeconomic status (F = 24.17), and environmental citizenship (P < 0.01). Also, according to the independent t-test, only spatial connection exhibited a significant relationship among the environmental citizenship parameters (P < 0.01), including spatial connection (T = 5.12) and local message framework (T = 0.86). In conclusion, it was determined that effective policymaking could increase people's commitment and sense of responsibility toward environmental consequences.


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