Justice for Nature

Justice for Nature

* Welcome to our Study! *


The purposes of this form are to provide you (as a prospective research study participant) information that may affect your decision as to whether or not to participate in this research and to record the consent of those who agree to be involved in the study.


Welcome - our names are Dr. Mary Ann O’Grady and Lonny Douglas Meinecke, and we are both associated with Grand Canyon University in Arizona, USA. We would like to invite you to participate in our study. Please know that your potential responses to our survey are very valuable to us, yet please also know that your participation is completely voluntary and you may withdraw from the survey at any time. The purpose of this consent form is simply to provide you (a prospective participant) with information about this research study so you can make an informed decision as to whether or not you would like to participate. If you agree to complete our survey, you are giving your consent to participate in the research study.

Study Purpose

This study will examine the public’s attitudes toward the planet we live on. For example, do folks see this world as a resource which is mostly here to help sustain our species? Or, perhaps, is the world here for something more than human benefit?

Description of Research Study

If you agree to participate in this research, you will help us examine an idea called Justice for Nature. (You are probably already familiar with the idea of justice within our own species). Your participation will entail filling out a 15-minute survey on this research website (we use LimeSurvey). You will be asked for some demographic information, and then about the topics of social dominance orientation, and justice for the environment. As a participant, you can elect to skip any questions that are included in the survey, or even stop at any time. The main thing is that your insights are valuable to us.

Risks and Confidentiality

This research has been reviewed by the Grand Canyon University Institutional Review Board and approved for research involving human subjects. There are no known risks associated with this study. However, as with any research, there is the possibility you may be subject to risks which have not been identified. Everything you enter will be strictly confidential and will not be connectable to you in any way. Only summary information from all participants will be published or accessible, and your anonymity is assured. As an extra measure of confidence, all data will be kept in a password-protected database. Please be aware, however, that this survey is not being run from a "secure" server (starting with 'https' instead of 'http'), so there is a small possibility that responses could be viewed by unauthorized persons.


If you decide to participate in our survey, you may be entered into a drawing to win a $25 Amazon gift card. You will also be contributing to a wider possible benefit as we continue to explore the topic of biophilia (reverence for Nature) and its potential benefits for both human and ecological well-being.

New Information

If the researchers find new information during the study that would reasonably change your decision about participating, then they will provide this information to you.

Voluntary Consent

If you have any questions about your rights as a participant in this research, or if you feel you have been placed at risk, you may contact the Chair of the Institutional Review Board, through the College of Doctoral Studies at irb@gcu.edu or (602) 639-7804. Please feel free to contact us at the following email addresses if you have questions or concerns. We can be reached at Mary.OGrady@my.gcu.edu or lmeinecke01@my.gcu.edu.

Click "Next" if you agree with the following statement:

"I have read and understood the information above and I agree to participate in this research"

There are 29 questions in this survey.