Dr. Ron Chandler is currently a Lecturer for the UF Department of Psychology where his main focus and research is on the Psychology of Sustainability, more specifically “understanding and describing the role of dignity in education in general and education for sustainability in particular. Central to this work is the placement of Psychology at the center of research for and development of approaches for resolving factors negatively affecting human dignity.” Dr. Chandler has been gathering the content of his book, The Psychology of Sustainability: Understanding Our Self-Earth Relationship, since 2013 and has devoted his research to Sustainability for several reasons. “Sustainability is first a social problem, therefore first a psychological problem. I work with the concept of holistic sustainability which places human dignity at the center of all efforts to create a sustainable human ecology; that is a society where human and nonhuman animals are treated with dignity and in ecologically continuous ways. My motivation to research and teach sustainability from this perspective is to cultivate this holistic understanding such that it informs action on behalf of people and the planet,” stated Dr. Chandler. Why should someone even be interested in sustainability, you might ask? Dr. Ron Chandler answers “Holistic sustainability bolsters individual and societal experience of dignity. Without holistic sustainability, and the ever-evolving and continuous work toward this, dignity continues to erode and with it human health and happiness, and the development of a life worth living.”
Here is an excerpt from the Introduction:
“All is not lost though and if we consider that “the future is nothing more or less than a decision today” (4th tenet of the psychology of sustainability) and that informed by the psychology of sustainability and with improvement of human dignity at the heart of our intention to effect resilient sustainability solutions we will find the current situation is our greatest opportunity.”
7 Tenets of the Psychology of Sustainability
Any effort toward sustainability that does not improve human dignity is ultimately not sustainable.
Every sustainability problem is first a social problem therefore a psychological problem.
Thinking creates emotion, emotion creates behavior.
The future is nothing more or less than a decision today.
The effective agent for sustainability is first her/his own Fear Master.
At the heart of all human behavior (the worst, the best, and all points between) is the unconscious or conscious experience of personal mortality.
Any service to the Common Good is a portal into holistic sustainability, and an opening to your Greatest Opportunity.”
You can also view the contents of his book here:
The Psychology of Sustainability: Understanding Our Self-Earth Relationship
Chapter 1: Introduction to the Psychology of Sustainability and Understanding: Our Self-Earth Relationship 1
1. “From Epicurus to Maslow: Happiness Then and Now and the Place of
the Human Being in Social Theory” 3
Chapter 2: In the Beginning: The Origin of the Successful Sustainability Agent 29
2. “Bowlby’s Ethological Theory of Attachment Behavior: The Nature and
Nurture of Love for the Mother” 34
Chapter 3: Who We Are and Who We Can Be 65
3. “How Do Implicit Materialism and Postmaterialism Affect
Proenvironmental Behavior?” 69
Kexin Zhou, Lijuan Ye, Liuna Geng, and Qiaoxin Xu
Chapter 4: Human Ecology 81
4. “Nature and Animals in Human Social Interactions: Fostering
Environmental Identity” 83
5. “Environmental Hermeneutics and Environmental/Eco-Psychology:
Explorations in Environmental Identity” 95
Chapter 5: The Ecology of Understanding 117
6. “In a Nutshell” 120
Chapter 6: Green Fear & Green Courage 143
7. “Raising the Specter of Death: What Terror Management Theory
Brings to the Study of Fear Appeals” 146
Chapter 7: Becoming the Paradigm Shift: The Psychosocial Development of the Effective
Sustainability Agent 185
8. “Moral Philosophy: An Adventure in Reasoning” 189
Chapter 8: An Act of Kindness 209
9. “Prosocial Behavior and Altruism” 212
Leonard Newman and Ralph Erber
Chapter 9: Five Facets of Sustainability and the Centrality of Human Dignity 251
10. “How to Finance Our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Socioecological Quantitative Easing (QE) as a Parallel Currency to Make the World a Better Place” 254
11. “Hydropower, Encroachment, and the Re-Patterning of Hydrosocial Territory: The Case of Hidrosogamoso in Colombia” 261
Bibiana Duarte-Abadía, Rutgerd Boelens, and Tatiana Roa-Avendaño
12. “Children’s Environmental Health Indicators as Tools to Measure
Progress toward Sustainability” 273
Rebecca Rehr, Gregory Miller, and Brenda Foos
13. “Seeking Alternatives in a Global Crisis” 282
About the Author 299