Developmental Psychology and Environmental Sustainability

In a new book, A New Psychology for Sustainability Leadership: The Hidden Power of Ecological Worldviews, Steven Schein used the lens of developmental psychology to view the motivation of sustainability leaders, and he posits that sustainability leaders have developed an ecological self, a postconventional worldview, and an enhanced systems consciousness.

Rain Forests and Old Growth Forests

Forests, especially rain forests and old growth forests, are the lungs of the planet. Taking in carbon dioxide that is expired by animals and produced by burning of fossil fuels, the forests produce oxygen that we need to live. Rain forests and old growth forests are homes to numerous species that don’t live anywhere else.

Deep Ecology and Evolution of Consciousness: Part 5 of 5

In this series, I am using chakras as a metaphor for stages of civilization that could occur as the majority of people experience levels of consciousness associated with the various chakras, which are energetic vortices in the subtle body.

Deep Ecology and Evolution of Consciousness: Part 4 of 5

Since the consciousness revolution of the 1960s and the back-to-the-land movement of the 1970s, many people have followed a path outside the mainstream of the industrial growth society. In a sixth chakra civilization humans’ connection to the rest of the planet would be experienced, known, and acknowledged by the majority of people.

Deep Ecology and Evolution of Consciousness: Part 3 of 5

Enphasis on the industrial-growth society is a result of glorification of fifth chakra technological mastery combined with lust for third chakra power, in the absence of honoring the fourth chakra heart opening. In the recent past, wise caring leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King who espoused love and nonviolence did bring about meaningful change.

Deep Ecology and Evolution of Consciousness: Part Two

Can different worldviews be taught, or do they result from the level of awakened consciousness? Considering this question through the lens of chakra theory, one can view the evolution of consciousness in individuals as well as in society. Even with acts of selflessness and kindness by many, the world is teetering on the brink of disaster, while the rich get richer.

Deep Ecology and Evolution of Consciousness: Part 1 of 5

Deep ecology is based on a worldview of deep interconnection of all beings. In this view, humans may be thought of as the consciousness of the earth. Based on cooperation and nonlinear thinking and valuing intuition, the deep ecology paradigm is aligned with the feminist worldview that values equality and caring in relationships.

Worldview Matters

Today, even in light of scientific evidence to the contrary, many people refuse to believe that humanity is causing ecological destruction on an unprecedented scale or that this destruction will have consequences for our children and grandchildren.

Exceeding the Earth's Ecological Capacity

According to the Global Footprint Network, August 22, 2012, was Earth Overshoot Day, the day when the global population used up the natural resources that the earth is capable of producing in one year. In 1992, Earth Overshoot Day was in October. Humanity is not only using more natural resources than the earth provides, but also is doing so at a faster rate each year.

Children of the World

The global human population continues to increase, putting a growing strain on natural resources and ecological systems that support human life. The decision about whether to have children, and if so, how many to have, is a very personal one. July 11 was World Population Day.

False Choices

False choices occur when other viable alternatives are not presented, resulting in missed opportunities.

Addiction and the Environment

Recently, James Hansen, noted scientist with the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times that development of tar sands as proposed in Canada would propel us onto an inexorable course of global warming that would be disastrous both ecologically and financially.

Water Is Life

Last week while driving down I-5 in California, I noticed a number of billboards proclaiming that the current Congress had caused "dust bowls."