Environmental Ethics and Behavioural Change takes a practical approach to environmental ethics with a focus on its transformative potential for students, professionals, policy makers, activists, and concerned citizens. Proposed solutions to issues such as climate change, resource depletion and accelerating extinctions have included technological fixes, national and international regulation and social marketing. This volume examines the ethical features of a range of communication strategies and technological, political and economic methods for promoting ecologically responsible practice in the face of these crises.
The central concern of the book is environmental behaviour change: inspiring, informing and catalysing reflective change in the reader, and in their ability to influence others. By making clear the forms of environmental ethics that exist, and what each implies in terms of individual and social change, the reader will be better able to formulate, commit to, articulate and promote a coherent position on how to understand and engage with environmental issues.
This is an essential companion to environmental ethics and philosophy courses as well as a great resource for professionals interested in practical approaches to environmental ethics. It is also excellent supplementary reading for environmental studies, environmental politics and sustainable consumption courses.
Benjamin Franks is Lecturer in Social and Political Philosophy in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow, UK. Stuart Hanscomb is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Communication in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow, UK. Sean F. Johnston is Professor of Science, Technology and Society in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow, UK.
1. Rationale: Ethics for Guiding Environmental Behaviours and Practices 2. Ethical Reasoning 3. Conflicting Values: Anthropocentric, Biocentric and Ecocentric Ethics 4. Shallow, Deep and Social Ecologies 5. Environmental behavioural change and the psychology of influence 6. The practical and moral limitations of the psychology of influence 7. Economic Change: Corporations and Environmental Responsibility 8. Constitutional Political Change: Green Votes and Green Representation 9. Non-Constitutional Political Change: Green Direct Action, Civil Disobedience and Symbolic Activity 10. Conclusion: Integration Without Reduction Appendix: Reflections on teaching