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Toward the Future
A discussion on the emerging and future field of eco-psychology that also may be alluded to as environmental psychology.
# 106608 | 2,540 words | 6 sources | APA | 2008 | US

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This writer sees the world changing in part due to extreme temperature changes. The writer points out that anyone up to date and paying attention can see the ongoing degradation of animal habitat and the ongoing loss of plant and animal species; there are the realities of deforestation, desertification, and it appears there are increasingly high-powered natural events like hurricanes caused by climate change that are disrupting human lives. The approach for this paper is to review existing research in scholarly journals that embrace issues and ideas - along with attitudes and emotions - relevant to eco-psychology and humans interacting in changing ways to the changing planet. In conclusion, the responsibility for educating people of all ages falls on schools, communities, political leaders, and mostly importantly, it falls on the shoulders of families. The writer maintains that more families should turn the television off and have discussions about what is being written in magazines, newspapers, and other publications about the fragile condition this earth is truly in at this moment in history.

Article One:"Thinking About The Future: A Psychological Analysis," Tonn, Bruce E., & Conrad, Fred
Personal Reaction to the Article
Article Two: Effects of Brief Wilderness Programs in Relation To Adolescents' Race - Pamela M. Orren and Paul D. Werner
Article Three: Situational Influences upon Children's Beliefs about Global Warming and Energy. Patrick Devine-Wright, Hannah Devine-Wright and Paul Fleming
Article Four:Psychotherapy of the Lived Space: A Phenomenological and
Ecological Concept - Thomas Fuchs
Article Five:Attitudes to Environmental Education in Poland - Kobierska, Hanna, Tarabula-Fietak, Marta, & Grodzinska-Jurczak
Summary of Articles

From the Paper:

"It is encouraging to know that so many young people are becoming aware of the challenges of global warming, and of the need to preserve what is left of the natural world. But it is somewhat troubling to learn that only a small portion of people (those with education and who are well-employed) are thinking about the future in a big-picture framework. The fact that most kids in Poland get their environmental information from television and not from home is also troubling; and knowing that attitudes about the wilderness are not significantly altered when young people go into the woods on overnights is worrisome. Overall it would appear there is much work to be done when it comes to educating people (young and old) about the ramifications of climate change."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bord, Richard J., & O'Connor, Robert E. The Gender Gap in Environmental Attitudes: The Case of Perceived Vulnerability to Risk. Social Science Quarterly, 78(4), 830-842.
  • Devine-Wright, Patrick, Devine-Wright, Hannah, & Fleming, Paul. (2004). Situational Influences upon children's beliefs about global warming and energy. Environmental Education Research. 10(4), 493-502.
  • Fuchs, Thomas. (2007). Psychotherapy of the Lived Space: A Phenomenological and Ecological Concept. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 61(4), 423-439.
  • Kobierska, Hanna, Tarabula-Fietak, Marta, & Grodzinska-Jurczak, Malgorzata. (2007). Attitudes to Environmental Education in Poland, Educational Research, 42(1), 12-18.
  • Orren, Pamela M., & Werner, Paul D. (2007). Effects of Brief Wilderness Programs in Relation To Adolescents' Race. Journal of Experiential Education, 30(2), 117-133.

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