Dr. Ron Chandler Publishes New Sustainability Textbook


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

Gerald Gutenschwager

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

Marga Vicedo

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

Susan Clayton

5.       “Environmental Hermeneutics and Environmental/Eco-Psychology:
Explorations in Environmental Identity”     95

David Utsler

Chapter 5: The Ecology of Understanding     117

6.       “In a Nutshell”     120

Howard Gardner

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

Susanna Dilliplane

Chapter 7: Becoming the Paradigm Shift: The Psychosocial Development of the Effective
Sustainability Agent     185

8.       “Moral Philosophy: An Adventure in Reasoning”     189

Robert Traer

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

Stefan Brunnhuber

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

Federico Mayor

References     293

About the Author     299

Credits     301