(Re)Connecting People with the Environment

The cause of most environmental problems is a social context in which a collective cost is produced through the combined behavior of a plurality of individuals: some prime examples are the cities’ air pollution by cars, or food waste. Even though awareness is rising, most of the citizens still ignore their civic responsibilities, and lifestyle changes are resisted. How can we reconnect people with the environment? Continue Reading

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The Need to Restore the Human-Nature Bond

1280px-the_garden_of_earthly_delights_by_bosch_high_resolutionWestern culture has become detached from the ecological substrate upon it is based and dependent on for its very existence. Humans experienced a progressive detachment from nature, that mutated into a utilitarian relation of dominion. We need to restore the bond. Continue reading

Ecopsychology: what it is, and why a reflection about it is worthy

How can we learn to respect nature and to live in harmony with the ecosystem, in order to prevent environmental destruction and pollution? First and foremost, the underlying issue should be addressed, that is the cultural detachment from nature. Humans have lost sight with their origin, and ecopsychology offers an answer. Continue reading

Plastic Pollution: a Huge risk for the Environment and Human Health

dcabe551cf64ee30e3a9efe54763da5fPlastic is literally omnipresent in our lives today, so much that we could refer to us as the plastic generation. But this material that supported innovation, has two big downsides. Plastic is piling up in the world’s oceans, where five ‘plastic islands’ have been identified. The Pacific Trash Vortex, may be as big as Europe. Also, plastic release micro-particles that dispersed in the water, contaminate fish, entering in the human food chain. Continue reading

Food Waste: where and how much?

food-wasteFood is lost or wasted throughout the supply chain, from initial agricultural production down to final household consumption. Food loss and waste amount to a major waste of resources, including water, land, energy, generating unnecessary GHG emissions. As FAO reports, fruit and vegetables are the most wasted products accounting for up to 45% . Continue reading