Sustainable Action and Motivation: Pathways for Individuals, Institutions and Humanity

1st Edition

Roland Mees

November 11, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 296 Pages
ISBN 9780367189877 - CAT# K417278
Series: Routledge Environmental Ethics

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Sustainable Action and Motivation proposes individual competencies and institutional policies that can help overcome the motivational hurdles that hamper sustainable action.

Following the Paris Agreement of 2015 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the political momentum to urgently begin the drastic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions has increased significantly. Affluent, high-income OECD countries are expected to take the lead in the global transition to a low carbon society. Given this, we need a better understanding of the motivational problems which people in affluent countries face with acting sustainably. This book investigates the above questions by analysing three fundamentally different perspectives: the motivation of individuals to act sustainably, institutions who take responsibility for issuing policies that steer us towards taking sustainable action, and humanity, of which each individual member ought to understand her non-sustainable behaviour in relation to the continued existence of the collective of human beings.

Using theories from the psychology of moral motivation and a phenomenological approach to the research, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of practical philosophy, psychology of motivation and environmental psychology, as well as policy makers looking for ways to implement effective policies that encourage pro-environmental behaviour.

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