Most people say they want to do the right thing for the environment, but most people also do not do as much for the environment as that would take. Why? The dragons of inaction, that is, the justifications, rationales, and excuses we use, hinder our efforts. In this talk, the dragons are described and categorized, and two other members of my eco-menagerie, mules and honeybees, are introduced. I conclude with ways that we can slay our dragons of inaction.
Robert Gifford is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. As an environmental psychologist who is Professor of Psychology and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, he is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Canadian Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the International Association of Applied Psychology, and has received a Career Award from the Environmental Design Research Association. Professor Gifford is the author of about 150 refereed publications and book chapters and five editions of Environmental psychology: Principles and practice. His 2016 book (as editor) is Research methods for environmental psychology. He was the Chief Editor of the Journal of Environmental Psychology for 14 years, and has served as President of the Environmental Psychology division of the International Association of Applied Psychology, the American Psychological Association’s Population and Environment Division, and the Canadian Psychological Association’s environmental psychology section.
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