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
Western 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
The news is spreading about a future use of insects for human consumption and in agriculture. 9 billion people are expected to live on the earth in 2050, and climate change is forcing us to rethink the ways we eat and produce our food. But are we ready for that?
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 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 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
One third of the global food production goes wasted. Can nudging help tackle this issue? Nudges are small interventions designed to steer people in a particular direction. Informed by behavioral economics studies, nudging entails making minor adjustments that influence people’s choices. Continue reading