Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo


  • Christopher Aanstoos
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_495


The field of “ecology” or “environmentalism” arose over the last third of the twentieth century to articulate and ameliorate looming environmental problems before they become cataclysmic. Recently, psychologists have engaged this quest, creating an interdisciplinary approach that joins psychological expertise with ecological issues. This field is rapidly growing in several directions, with the result that it is ramifying into branches, each pursuing distinct goals (see the later section on “History”). The most urgent impetus that drove this growth was the foundational recognition that environmental problems are caused by human action. Once so linked to human behavior, the attitudes, thoughts, and beliefs underlying those behaviors became a subject of great import. That significance propelled the consequent realization that these psychological phenomena are the least understood aspect of the environmental crisis, and therefore the most difficult to change, and so solving...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of West GeorgiaCarrolltonUSA