Meijers, M. H. C. (2016). Justifying eco-unfriendly behaviors. Implications for communication practice. Tijdschrift voor Communicatiewetenschap, 44(4), 298-315.

Abstract: This article describes how people may justify their eco-unfriendly behaviors. It is described how people may use their own previous moral and environmentally friendly behaviors as a justification for environmentally unfriendly behaviors (part I: internal justification) and how people may use the behaviors of others and institutions (i.e., science) as a justification for environmentally unfriendly behaviors (part II: external justification). The article shows boundary conditions for justification effects and describes the implications that these effects have for communication practice.