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The Psychology of Sustainability

The Psychology of Sustainability

Sustainability Seminar delivered on February 9, 2011 by UC Irvine Ph.D. student Beth Karlin, "The Psychology of Sustainability." There is growing consensus that environmental, social, and economic sustainability are not possible given current trends and that understanding human interactions with the environment is a key aspect of ameliorating many of these issues. Psychology, as the science of human behavior, is in a prime position to assist with this task. Human interactions with sustainability include human drivers of un-sustainability (e.g. over-use of limited resources), human consequences of instability (e.g. natural and technological disasters), and human responses to a changing environment (e.g. mitigation and adaptation). Although progress is being made in the natural and physical... Show More


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