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Human behavior and sustainability

Fischer, Joern, Dyball, Robert, Fazey, Ioan, Gross, Catherine, Dovers, Stephen, Ehrlich, Paul R., Brulle, Robert J., Christensen, Carleton and Borden, Richard J. (2012). Human behavior and sustainability. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment,10(3):153-160.

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Title Human behavior and sustainability
Author Fischer, Joern
Dyball, Robert
Fazey, Ioan
Gross, Catherine
Dovers, Stephen
Ehrlich, Paul R.
Brulle, Robert J.
Christensen, Carleton
Borden, Richard J.
Journal Name Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Publication Date 2012
Volume Number 10
Issue Number 3
ISSN 1540-9295   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84859357593
Start Page 153
End Page 160
Total Pages 8
Place of Publication United States
Publisher Ecological Society of America (ESA)
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Sustainability demands changes in human behavior. To this end, priority areas include reforming formal institutions, strengthening the institutions of civil society, improving citizen engagement, curbing consumption and population growth, addressing social justice issues, and reflecting on value and belief systems. We review existing knowledge across these areas and conclude that the global sustainability deficit is not primarily the result of a lack of academic knowledge. Rather, unsustainable behaviors result from a vicious cycle, where traditional market and state institutions reinforce disincentives for more sustainable behaviors while, at the same time, the institutions of civil society lack momentum to effectively promote fundamental reforms of those institutions. Achieving more sustainable behaviors requires this cycle to be broken. We call on readers to contribute to social change through involvement in initiatives like the Ecological Society of America’s Earth Stewardship Initiative or the nascent Millennium Alliance for Humanity & the Biosphere.
Keywords human behavior
sustainability
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/110079   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)


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