Psychology of Sustainable Development

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Peter Schmuck
Springer Science & Business Media, Apr 30, 2002 - Business & Economics - 327 pages
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Human activity overuses the resources of the planet at a rate that will severely compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Changes toward sustainability need to begin within the next few years or environmental deterioration will become irreversible. Thus the need to develop a mindset of sustainable development - the ability of society to meet its needs without permanently compromising the earth's resources - is pressing.

The Psychology of Sustainable Development clarifies the meaning of the term and describes the conditions necessary for it to occur. With contributions from an international team of policy shapers and makers, the book will be an important reference for environmental, developmental, social, and organizational psychologists, in addition to other social scientists concerned with the impact current human activity will have on the prospects of future generations.

 

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Contents

Sustainable Development as a Challenge for Psychology
3
The Next Revolution Sustainability
19
Social Dilemmas and Sustainability Promoting Peoples Motivation to Cooperate With the Future
37
INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES IN SUSTAINABLE BEHAVIOR
59
Inclusion with Nature The Psychology of Human Nature Relations
61
EnGendering Sustainable Development
79
Sustainable Development and Emotions
97
Why do People Act in Sustainable Ways? Results of an Empirical Survey of Lifestyle Pioneers
123
Sustainable Wildlife Utilization in Africa A Contest Between Scientific Understanding and Human Nature
197
Environmental Sustainability by Sociocognitive Deceleration of Population Growth
209
EXEMPLARY PROJECTS IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
239
Motivating Collective Action Converting to Sustainable Energy Sources in a German Community
241
Which Kind of Sustainability for a Social Environmental Psychology?
257
Using Organized Consumer Action to Foster Sustainability
277
CONCLUSION
299
Summarizing sustainability Issues and Research Approaches
301

CULTURE AND SUSTAINABILITY
149
Self Culture and Sustainable Development
151
Partnerships for Sustainability Psychology for Ecology
175

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Schultz of California State University, San Marcos

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