Exploring the Self Perceived Responsibility of Adventure Guides

Paul Andrews, Thompson Rivers University

Abstract

Outdoor professionals, and more specifically adventure guides, are involved in an industry that depends on the ecological well-being of the landscape they work in. With growing knowledge of the implications human activity has on the environment, individuals and organizations are making changes on behalf of the environment. Guides have a unique opportunity to act as environmental stewards among their clients, through their personal actions and advocacy. Guides however are not required to be stewards of the environment and do not necessarily need to abide by commonly accepted environmental practices. This disconnect between the sensitive environment guides work in and lack of required environmental advocacy is where this research focuses. The goal of this research is to determine if adventure guides feel a heightened sense of responsibility towards the environment, and if working in the outdoors is what motivates these behaviours. This research will further explore existing research into what motivates an individual to adopt pro-environmental behaviours.

 
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Exploring the Self Perceived Responsibility of Adventure Guides

IB 1008

Outdoor professionals, and more specifically adventure guides, are involved in an industry that depends on the ecological well-being of the landscape they work in. With growing knowledge of the implications human activity has on the environment, individuals and organizations are making changes on behalf of the environment. Guides have a unique opportunity to act as environmental stewards among their clients, through their personal actions and advocacy. Guides however are not required to be stewards of the environment and do not necessarily need to abide by commonly accepted environmental practices. This disconnect between the sensitive environment guides work in and lack of required environmental advocacy is where this research focuses. The goal of this research is to determine if adventure guides feel a heightened sense of responsibility towards the environment, and if working in the outdoors is what motivates these behaviours. This research will further explore existing research into what motivates an individual to adopt pro-environmental behaviours.