Public Values and Local Resources: A Study of Attitudes Toward the use of the Environment in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, Area
Palmer, Lane Wilson
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This survey was sponsored by the Environmental Forum and the Environmental Information Center of Grand Rapids. The stated general goal of the study was "to begin to find out how people in the Grand Rapids area regard various aspects of their environment, and what actions they feel are necessary to preserve or enrich this environment". Another important aim was to begin to find out how studies of this type can be most effectively conducted. Few prototypes for appropriate questioning were available; in fact, as far as the researcher knew, nobody had attempted such a survey before. From the wide range of possible approaches to the problem, I chose to concentrate on a few basic themes which seemed relevant to an individual's day-to-day outlook on his environment. Chief among these was the role of industries, and in general, of private enterprise, in the disposition of the natural environment. Also considered was the use of leisure time, mainly in connection with outdoor recreation. Other things which were seen as relevant include attitudes toward control over the use of the natural environment (by various governments, for example), attitudes toward childhood environment and the historical perspective of our development of the natural environment.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this SIP.