(Happy) Holidays: Christmas and Consumption

The holidays season is in full swing! And for the most part, it has been a nice change of pace for my family and I. Over the past week or so, we (my wife, two young children, and I) have had the opportunity to spend extra time together and have made many meaningful family memories. There Read more about (Happy) Holidays: Christmas and Consumption[…]

Straight through the Heart

Few would disagree that the last couple of weeks have been significant ones in the environmental world. First, on November 12, the United States and China came to an agreement that would see both nations commit to taking action against climate change. Obama announced that the U.S. has set a target to reduce carbon pollution by Read more about Straight through the Heart[…]

Our Natural Homes

Over the past few weeks, I have had the privilege of interviewing undergraduate students at McMaster University (in Hamilton, ON, Canada) about their relationship with their favourite natural places. One theme that seems to come up again and again during interviews is a strong desire held by students to escape from society (at least periodically–and, often, not frequently Read more about Our Natural Homes[…]

Ecopsychology: What it is and Why it Matters – Part 3

This is the third installment of a 3-part series on the topic of ecopsychology. In the first post, I introduced the idea of ecopsychology and explained what it entails. In the second post, I illustrated why it is important for environmentalists to draw on ecopsychological ideas in their work. In this third and final post, I Read more about Ecopsychology: What it is and Why it Matters – Part 3[…]

Ecopsychology: What it is and Why it Matters – Part 2

That millions of people share in the same forms of mental pathology does not make those people sane ~ Erich Fromm In the first post of this series, I suggested that two primary assumptions underlie the concept of ecopsychology: psychology needs ecology and ecology needs psychology. The focus of this post is on the ‘second’ Read more about Ecopsychology: What it is and Why it Matters – Part 2[…]

Ecopsychology: What it is, and Why it Matters – Part 1

Set aside the learned ways of perceiving the world as dead matter for your use and see if you can recover again your actual perception of the world as a community of beings to whom you are meaningfully related – Erazim Kohák Some of my most meaningful childhood memories stem from experiences that I had while Read more about Ecopsychology: What it is, and Why it Matters – Part 1[…]