chapter  7
17 Pages

State-of-the-science in community psychology

ByMARITZA MONTERO

A sustainable psychology would contribute as much as possible to the well-being of others and to the protection of the environment. Psychology's contribution will be to help influence behaviours that enable people to live within environmental limits and to enjoy personal and social well-being. The increase in consumption and population growth leads to pollution, global warming and environmental destruction. In the urban areas the connections to nature are becoming invisible and cause the detachment of products from their natural origins causing societal blindness to the natural world. Sustainability is intrinsically related to the idea of what kind of world we want to live in and what kind of world we want our descendents to live in. Inspiring humanity to protect our planet is necessary for health and well-being as they are located in the balance between the mind, the body and the universe.