PSYCHOLOGY, BELIEFS & MORALITY

Some say that there is no environmental crisis on Spaceship Earth, only a human crisis that is now affecting the whole ‘sapiens’ species which is impacting on the entire planet. Human worldviews, beliefs and behaviour have a moral and, some would say, spiritual, dimension. Heller’s Map of Existential Beliefs provides a framework into which basic ideologies can be placed. 4 world Views . These four world view are elaborated in Beliefs Map Article

Various religious and spiritual traditions, both Eastern and Western, have much to contribute to matters relating to a sustainable future and a safe operating space (SOS) on Spaceship Earth.

One unusual and little known belief system is that of Jainism that lives according to principles of non-violence (ahimsa) and respect for all living creatures. This short blog from MAHB introduces these principles and relates them to sustainability issues.

PSYCHOLOGICAL RESPONSES – TED talk on the psychology of climate action; Doing Good Better– book on Effective Altruism (EA) guide to charitable action: ‘how many people benefit from a given cause, and by how much?’  ‘What are the chances of success?  Joanna Macy– interview with 87-year old eco-philospher about acceptance of current catastrophic reality;  Denial of existential threats  – William Rees – ‘we are clever enough to document the collapse of modern civilization, yet not nearly smart enough to extricate ourselves from our self-induced predicament. 

MORAL RESPONSES Archbishop of Canterbury – the moral opportunity offered by climate change – love thy neighbour and God’s creation: A new hedonism: a post-consumerism vision – environmental philospher Kate Soper;  Artist’s response to climate change; A parent’s response;

MYTHS for the Anthropocene dystopia