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Human Behavior, Psychology and Sustainable Well-Being

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Health, Well-Being and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2024 | Viewed by 1323

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Interests: evidence-based practice; intervention; assessment; QoL; happiness
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Dear Colleagues,

In an era defined by unprecedented environmental challenges, the interplay between human behavior, the environment, and sustainable wellbeing has become paramount. This Special Issue delves into the intricate relationship between our actions, the natural world, and the pursuit of lasting wellbeing. We invite researchers and scholars to contribute their insights into the complex dynamics that will shape our planet's future.

This Special Issue seeks to explore a wide range of topics, including:

  • The psychology of sustainable behavior: what motivates individuals and communities to adopt environmentally conscious practices?
  • Climate change and human responses: how do people perceive and react to the pressing issues of climate change, and what can be done to foster constructive responses?
  • Biodiversity conservation: examining the crucial link between human activities and the preservation of diverse ecosystems.
  • Sustainable urban planning: investigating the role of city design in fostering sustainable living and human wellbeing.
  • Ecological economics: evaluating the economic aspects of environmental sustainability and how they affect quality of life.
  • Social networks and sustainability: how social networks, both online and offline, influence the spread of environmental awareness and sustainable practices.
  • Community engagement and resilience: understanding the role of communities in building resilience to environmental challenges and fostering sustainable behaviors.
  • Environmental justice and equity: investigating how social and economic factors intersect with environmental issues and exploring strategies to address environmental disparities.
  • Policy and governance: analyzing the impact of government policies and international agreements on shaping sustainable behaviors and practices within societies.
  • Environmental education and awareness: exploring the role of education and communication in promoting sustainable behaviors and environmental awareness.
  • Health and the environment: investigating the impacts of environmental factors on human health and wellbeing, and strategies for improving both.
  • Technological innovations: examining how technological advancements can aid in environmental conservation and foster sustainable practices.
  • Cultural perspectives and sustainability: understanding how cultural values and traditions influence human behavior in relation to the environment.

We encourage a diverse array of submissions that encompass these topics, as they are vital components in the larger narrative of human behavior, the environment, and sustainable well-being.

I look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Wenjie Duan
Guest Editor

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  • sustainable behavior
  • happiness promotion
  • assessment
  • intervention
  • cultural differences
  • social policy
  • wellbeing
  • environmental change
  • climate change

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Under What Conditions Does Climate Change Worry Contribute to Climate Action in Turkey: What Moderates This Relationship?
by Gonca Kurt and Recep Akdur
Sustainability 2024, 16(6), 2269; - 8 Mar 2024
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Recent studies provide strong evidence that climate change worry leads to climate action. However, there is a need for more studies on the conditions under which climate change worry triggers climate action or causes mental disorders. In this regard, we investigated the relationship [...] Read more.
Recent studies provide strong evidence that climate change worry leads to climate action. However, there is a need for more studies on the conditions under which climate change worry triggers climate action or causes mental disorders. In this regard, we investigated the relationship between climate change worry and climate action and evaluated the role of participants’ knowledge of climate change and natural disaster experience in this relationship. The moderating function of climate action in the relationship between climate change worry and climate-related mental disorders was evaluated. Furthermore, the impact of climate change worry on different climate actions was also researched. Data obtained through an online survey from individuals aged 18–65 years old in a nationally representative sample in Turkey were used (n = 1229). The results show a positive impact of climate change worry on climate action. If climate change information creates a climate change worry, climate action occurs. Whereas climate change knowledge has a moderating role in the impact of climate change worry on climate action, experiencing climate-related natural disasters does not have such a role. However, experiencing climate-related natural disasters combined with climate change knowledge in the context of group impact leads to climate action. The climate change worry score had a positive effect on experiencing a climate-related mental disorder, but climate action does not have a moderating role in this relationship. The climate action most correlated with climate change worry is participating in voluntary activities to raise awareness among individuals. The contribution of climate change worry in different conditions to climate action is clearly supported by these research results. Therefore, climate change communication should be used to support the aspect of climate change worry that is transformed into climate action, and viable and sustainable environments should be created by considering each result of this study. Full article
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