Environmentalists face a dilemma with regard to population: They don't want continued growth, but they don't want to restrict individual freedom. We should consider ways to preserve choice but frame the context for those choices.
Getting involved with environmental activities can be a source of pleasure and help fulfill some of our core needs, such as the desire to have meaning in our lives and the desire to connect with others.
Friday, May 18th, was Endangered Species Day, reminding us of the huge number of species that face extinction. Some scientists consider the loss of biodiversity to be a bigger environmental threat than climate change. Why should we care?
There’s a cultural tradition of thinking of nature as female: Mother Earth bears and supports her children; Mother Nature is as unpredictable as a teenager with premenstrual hormone swings; Gaia is the universal mother, mother of all the gods and by extension everything else.
Many people celebrated Easter this weekend. In communities across the country, children ran around the grass picking up Easter eggs. For some of them, it may have been a rare opportunity to play outside.
Apparently, Mitt Romney told a crowd at a campaign event that he "didn't know what the purpose" of public land was. Well, that's a question that can be informed by behavioral research. Do people think there is a purpose to public land?
This is a blog about the psychology of environment and sustainability issues. We'll explore the ways in which people impact the natural environment as well as the impact that the natural environment has on people. We'll also discuss what it means to be "green" -- the experience and the social significance.