Wealth ‘does not dictate’ environment concern

Citizens of developing nations are just as likely to be concerned about environmental issues as their counterparts in rich countries, US-based sociologists have said.

The report in the Sociological Quarterly, by Riley E Dunlap and Richard York, said people in poorer nations were equally if not more worried about the environment compared to citizens in wealthier countries.

Previous studies have found that citizens in developing countries are less concerned about the environment, the Science Daily reported. But
the study said this was because they had failed to acknowledge that environmental problems are often a threat to material welfare and not
just quality of life.

For example, deforestation may threaten the livelihoods of people who depend on forests for firewood, food sources and economic products.

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