Op-Ed

How Psychology Can Help Save the Environment

Environmental Psychology - Connecting with the Environmental Around Us

The psychology field may not be the first sector that comes to mind when thinking about how different professionals are working together to preserve the planet. However, what you’re about to read may surprise you. It discusses how psychologists are relying on people’s emotions and behaviors to inspire climate-changing choices. Public awareness could keep our oceans cleaner A recent study organized by psychological scientists …

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The Sad Irony of Trump’s Presidential Response to Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey bears down on Texas

  The oblivious president On Tuesday, August 29, as Hurricane Harvey lingered over Houston dumping an “unprecedented” four feet of rain, plus a few inches, the presidential entourage landed in Corpus Christi. Three days earlier Hurricane Harvey came ashore north of Corpus, pounding the small community of Rockport as a Category 4 storm. South Texas took the brunt of what is becoming a new …

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Can Individuals Make a Real Impact on the Environment?

One caring individual can have positive impact on the environment

It’s easy to think that you, as one single person, can’t make a difference with an issue as overwhelming and all-encompassing as climate change. But sometimes, one person is all it takes to start a local, national or even global movement. Think about recycling. The citywide and government-funded recycling campaigns we know and love today didn’t start until the 1970s. Before that, most people …

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Trump May Not Care About the Environment – But We Do

We are better than the Trump Environment Fail

When the Trump administration’s 2018 fiscal budget proposal included 40 percent of funding cut for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), few were surprised. The president doesn’t seem to understand what is at stake with such cuts. If passed, Trump’s proposed budget will impose significant funding cuts from enforcement programs that impose penalties on environmental offenders. With reports of polluted water on the rise, funding …

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Former EPA Employee Once Again Blasts Scott Pruitt for Failure of Leadership

Blasting Scott Pruitt's leadership to protect human health and the environment

“To protect human health and the environment” The following open letter from former EPA employee Michael Cox. After 25 years with the agency, Cox retired last March. Upon his departure from EPA Cox wrote a withering letter to newly appointed EPA chief Scott Pruitt. Among his many criticisms, Cox zeroed in on Pruitt’s confounding statements on EPA’s mission, his outright climate denial of change, and …

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Executive Order Guts Clean Power Plan : Trump’s Imaginary War on Coal has just Begun

Clean Power Plan Executive Order

This morning, under the cover of “energy independence,” U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order calling for a rewrite of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The Plan is the cornerstone of U.S. commitment to curbing emissions under the Paris climate agreement, so the rewrite represents a significant rollback of U.S. global warming mitigation as a whole. Unlike the rhetoric surrounding health care, no replacement carbon regulation …

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Sustainability in Our New Political Climate

The sun rises on a new political climate. What happens to sustainability efforts under a Trump administration?

One of the most controversial and terrifying things about president-elect Donald Trump is that he has openly admitted to not believing global warming exists. A president who rejects scientific proof about a significant threat to our country and our lives can be very dangerous. As a result, the future of our environment is in question. Sustainability is arguably not a very high priority in …

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