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DUE - "Do U Ecologize?" Scale

The following questions focus on individual behaviors and activities that reflect proactive concerns for the environment and sustainable culture. The questions are posed twice. In Part I, please answer with regard to what is true for you. In Part II on the back page, please respond with what you believe would be appropriate expectations and norms of behavior for responsible adults and teenagers in the U.S.

Freely available for use & adaptation.

Ecologizing Scale: to what degree do you engage in behaviors and activities that reflect proactive concerns for the environment. Based on your behavior this past year, how frequently do you participate in the following activities? There is no right or wrong answer; please rate the items based on whatever is true for you.

Please circle your ratings 0 - 5
Frequency of Behavioral Activity:
Never Occasionally Always
Rarely Regularly
1. Recycling bottles, cans and glass containers 0 1 2 3 4 5
2. Recycling newspapers 0 1 2 3 4 5
3. Using biodegradable soaps and detergents 0 1 2 3 4 5
4. Avoid buying aerosol products 0 1 2 3 4 5
5. Reading labels to see if contents are environmentally safe 0 1 2 3 4 5
6. Buying products made from or packaged in recycled materials 0 1 2 3 4 5
7. Buying products from environmentally friendly companies 0 1 2 3 4 5
8. Avoiding products packaged in Styrofoam 0 1 2 3 4 5
9. Composting yard clippings 0 1 2 3 4 5
10. Using own bags at supermarket 0 1 2 3 4 5
11. Carpooling or use public transportation to work or school 0 1 2 3 4 5
12. Riding a bicycle to work or school 0 1 2 3 4 5
13. Volunteering for environmental causes 0 1 2 3 4 5
14. Contributing money or time to environmental groups 0 1 2 3 4 5
15. Buying electricity from solar/wind or hydropower clean sources 0 1 2 3 4 5
16. Writing to editors or elected officials to support the environment 0 1 2 3 4 5
17. Taking oil, paint, and other hazardous waste to collection sites 0 1 2 3 4 5
18. Putting the well being of your family/group ahead of individual desires 0 1 2 3 4 5
19. Putting the well being of your family/group ahead of individual desires 0 1 2 3 4 5
20. Putting the well being of the earth''''''''''''''''s ecosystems ahead of human needs 0 1 2 3 4 5

Norms based on a randomly drawn sample of Santa Barbara City College students are summarized on the bottom on the next page.
How do you compare? But first, what do you think are appropriate expectations and norms for responsible adults and teenagers?

Ecologizing Scale: to what degree should reasonably mature, responsible adults and teenagers engage in environmentally friendly and proactive ecological activities?
That is, how frequently should they participate in the following proactive, ecologically conscious activities?

Please circle your ratings 0 - 5
Frequency of Behavioral Activity:
Never Occasionally Always
Rarely Regularly
21. Recycling bottles, cans and glass containers 0 1 2 3 4 5
22. Recycling newspapers 0 1 2 3 4 5
23. Using biodegradable soaps and detergents 0 1 2 3 4 5
24. Avoid buying aerosol products 0 1 2 3 4 5
25. Reading labels to see if contents are environmentally safe 0 1 2 3 4 5
26. Buying products made from or packaged in recycled materials 0 1 2 3 4 5
27. Buying products from environmentally friendly companies 0 1 2 3 4 5
28. Avoiding products packaged in Styrofoam 0 1 2 3 4 5
29. Composting yard clippings 0 1 2 3 4 5
30. Using own bags at supermarket 0 1 2 3 4 5
31. Carpooling or using public transportation to work or school 0 1 2 3 4 5
32. Riding a bicycle to work or school 0 1 2 3 4 5
33. Speaking up when someone trashes the environment 0 1 2 3 4 5
34. Volunteering for environmental causes 0 1 2 3 4 5
35. Contributing money or time to environmental groups 0 1 2 3 4 5
36. Buying electricity from solar/wind or hydropower clean sources 0 1 2 3 4 5
37. Writing to editors or elected officials to support the environment 0 1 2 3 4 5
38. Taking oil, paint, and other hazardous waste to collection sites 0 1 2 3 4 5
39. Putting the well being of your family/group ahead of individual desires 0 1 2 3 4 5
40. Putting the well being of the earth''''''''''''''''s ecosystems ahead of human needs 0 1 2 3 4 5

 

Score Interpretation: 0 ___11_____________25______________38________________51_____________65_________100


Mean = 38 Extremely Low Average Environmentally Very Caring &
s.d. = 13.5 Low Range Normal Friendly Proactive

High scorers (70 or higher)

You are a great person & friend to the Great Out Doors, a leader and an Ecologist in spirit and action.

Mid Range Scorers (21 to 69):

So far, perhaps the norm, you are going in the right direction but need ease & incentives to help ecologize more.

Low scorers (20 or lower)

It seems that you do little for our environment. Do you take it for granted or perhaps even trash it?

If others treated you the way you treat the environment, would you feel happy, sad or mad? The 21st Century may well bare witness to
the collective success or failure of our species. Our numbers may well double from six to twelve billion by 2100 with all the associated problems of mass production, consumption, pollution and destruction of our ecosystems.

Only ecologically proactive and environmentally friendly behaviors at both the individual and collective levels can secure the future for human kind. Alternatively, those who are especially self-centered, materialistic and greedy may well secure for themselves front row seats: front row seats on the Titanic fated to meet a cold and clammy end. Ours is a challenge not only to be ecologically conscious and committed but also to become pioneers and stewards from the fourth floor in the House of Emotology (Launier, 2000).