How to bring together positions and views of psychologists and ecologists, integrate these sciences for a goal common to all mankind – preservation and evolution of life on the Earth?
Psychologists deal with the human being as such, reflection of reality in individual mentality, without paying too much attention to what is going on around. Ecologists are concerned with the process of interaction between human beings and nature, however, they at times consider this interaction only from the point of view of nature, or from the point of view of an “ideal man” without taking into account pschology of real people. It is always useful to make a step forward towards each other. Why this is required is discussed by the ecologist and the psychologist from their viewpoints.
Igor Chestin, Ph. D. (Biology), Director of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) of Russia articulated three problems, which ecologists are apparently unable to solve without psychologists’ help. “Firstly, all ecological problems on the Earth have been created by men. And we are busy with reclaiming consequences of human activity. However, all people inhabiting the planet have initial positive motivation. It is hard to believe that a person would wake up in the morning and think out what kind of villainy to perform today, what to contaminate or destroy. The human being strives for good but it turns out bad for some reason? Why?”
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