Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Ecopsychology and Sustainable Development

  • Kathleen KevanyEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_387


Ecopsychology is the scientific study of the relationships of organisms to one another and how interacting with the natural and built surroundings impact mind, spirit, and behavior. It blends dimensions from ecology and psychology, including the human connection to elements that foster life on Earth. Ecopsychology applies a systems approach in cultivating a consciousness that simultaneously attends to the physical/material, psychological/mental, emotional/sensory and ethereal/spiritual, and ecological/environmental. Ecopsychology encourages the fostering of worldviews and actions that enable the expansion of the human experience through being sensitive to and respectful of the evolving universe and work to protect the environment, especially from forms of human destruction.


In the 1960s unprecedented change and social conflicts were emerging. Along with advances in civil rights and environmental awareness, people were becoming more doubtful about the impact of...


Ecology Psychology Environmental Hubris Humility Systems Responsibility Sustainability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of AgricultureRural Research, Department of Business and Social Sciences, Dalhousie UniversityTruroCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • Pinar Gökçin Özuyar
    • 1
  1. 1.Ozyegin UniversityOzyeginTurkey