The impact of psychological distance to climate change and urban informality on adaptation planning

Irfan Ahmad Rana, Hafiz Syed Hamid Arshad, Ali Jamshed, Zainab Khalid, Zahid Irshad Younas, Saad Bhatti, Junaid Ahmad

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Abstract

Climate change adaptation planning involves adjusting to the impacts of climate change and taking action to mitigate its adverse effects. Psychological distance, the separation between one's self-perception and actual events, can play a significant role in an individual's readiness to adapt to climate change impacts. This study aims to investigate the socioeconomic factors associated with psychological distance to climate change in formal and informal settlements of Lahore, Pakistan. Using a literature review, data indicators were selected and grouped into the psychological distance dimensions of spatial, temporal, social, and hypothetical. A questionnaire survey was conducted in the study area, resulting in a total of 400 responses. Descriptive statistics and sampled paired t-tests were used to measure differences between responses from formal and informal communities, and multivariate regression models were developed to identify socioeconomic factors associated with psychological distance to climate change. The results of the study indicate a significant difference between formal and informal settlements in spatial distance and hypothetical dimensions. Additionally, household size, average household income, number of children, and past experiences with extreme weather conditions were found to be significant factors. The study recommends that these factors be taken into account when engaging with the public, communicating risks, and devising relevant policies for effective adaptation planning.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101460
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalUrban Climate
Volume49
Early online date1 Mar 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 31 May 2023

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Keywords

  • Adaptation
  • Climate risk perception
  • Preparedness
  • Intention
  • Mitigation

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