Breaking of the ICE: A New Tool to Understand Climate Emotions

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Breaking news! Our article describing the development and validation of the Inventory of Climate Emotions (ICE) just got published in Global Environmental Change. It is a huge contribution to the field of environmental psychology!

Developing the ICE: An Overview

The ICE is a self-report instrument designed to assess a wide range of emotional responses to climate change. The development of this tool was guided by qualitative exploration, literature review, and expert input, culminating in a comprehensive item pool. To ensure its psychometric quality, two quantitative studies were conducted using samples from the general population in Poland.

Understanding Climate Emotions: The Eight Key Factors

Through exploratory factor analysis, the researchers revealed that the ICE effectively captures eight underlying emotional factors linked to climate change:

  1. Anger
  2. Contempt
  3. Enthusiasm
  4. Powerlessness
  5. Guilt
  6. Isolation
  7. Anxiety
  8. Sorrow

Proving Validity and Reliability

The ICE demonstrated its reliability and validity through internal consistency of its subscales and various forms of validation, including convergent, discriminant, and concurrent validity. The tool was also shown to be functional in the context of pro-climate behavior, emphasizing its practical application in research on climate change engagement.

A Window into Climate Emotions

The Inventory of Climate Emotions (ICE) is a valuable resource that provides a comprehensive view of how people emotionally relate to climate change. By understanding these emotional responses, researchers can gain deeper insights into the complex role of emotions in climate change engagement.

Huge congratulations to Michalina Marczak and all co-authors! The article was published in open access and can be viewed here.