The Potential of Environmental Psychology to Alleviate Climate Change: A Review
Environmental degradation and climate change issues have become inevitable discussions both at national and global levels. The devastating climate change is unequivocal as the world faces heightened rates of temperatures leading to escalated rise in sea levels rendering thousands of people homeless. More than often whenever global warming is mentioned, most ecologist, environmentalist, and conservationists mind are perturbed with the exacerbated loss of biodiversity, daunting rates of deforestation,water scarcity, the loss of soil fertility, increasing soil salinity, loss of habitats, natural catastrophes, air pollution, diminishing fossil reserves, ecosystem imbalances, and disturbances not forgetting the escalated populous pressure on The threats and shortages cannot be assumed. Calls for man to reconcile with the preserve the environment. Climate change and environmental obliteration is not an abstract issue. The problem starts and ends with humanity. The need to save and recreate our environment is imminent and requires multidisciplinary collaborative more. Environmental degradation is due to the human activities and the coexistence with their surroundings. Psychologists have an indispensable role in evaluating and addressing the integration and interrelatedness between man and the environmental problems. They have the potential of promoting ecologically sensitive and more sustainable behaviors among people by applying the psychological principles based on the population’s attitudes, values, norms, beliefs, cultural history, and heritage. This paper elucidates the potential of environmental psychologists in alleviating the environmental degradation and climate change consequences by evaluating the system thinking theory, human dimensions, and ecological resilience.