By Ghozlane Fleury-Bahi, Enric Pol, Oscar Navarro
This instruction manual provides a extensive review of the present study performed in environmental psychology which places into point of view caliber of lifestyles and relationships with residing areas, and exhibits how this unique analytical framework can be utilized to appreciate varied environmental and societal concerns. Adopting an unique technique, this guide specializes in the hyperlinks with different specialties in psychology, particularly social and health and wellbeing psychology, including different disciplines akin to geography, structure, sociology, anthropology, urbanism and engineering.
Faced with the issues of society which contain the standard of lifetime of members and groups, it's primary to contemplate the relationships somebody has along with his assorted residing areas. This factor of the hyperlinks among caliber of lifestyles and setting is turning into more and more major with, at a neighborhood point, difficulties due to kinds of annoyances, akin to toxins and noise, whereas, at an international point, there's the crucial query of weather swap with its destructive effects for people and the planet. How can the effect on wellbeing and fitness of environmental nuisances and threats (for instance, usual dangers, toxins, and noise) be lowered? How can the standard of existence inside of day-by-day dwelling areas (home, towns, paintings environments) be more desirable? Why is it very important to appreciate the mental problems with our courting with the worldwide setting (climatic warming, ecological behaviours)?
This guide is meant not just for college kids of varied disciplines (geography, structure, psychology, city making plans, etc.) but in addition for social decision-makers and avid gamers who will locate in it either theoretical and methodological views, in order that mental and environmental dimensions may be higher taken into consideration of their operating practices.
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2 The Sustainable City What is meant by a “sustainable city”? As we said at the beginning, not much consideration was originally given to economic costs and environmental constraints in the “new urban planning proposals”. It was in 1987, with the Brundtland Report, that the parameters of quality begin to focus on sustainability as one of the essential prerequisites. ” (Capello et al. 1999, p. 5). The sustainable city is one that allows growing complexity, improving the likelihood of contact between different elements of the urban system, without increasing the consumption of energy and resources (CCCB 1998, p.
2003). Different characteristics of the physical environment have been identiﬁed as determinants of the walkability of residential settings, related to factors associated with health and well-being (for example, being more physically active). These can therefore contribute to a broader vision of QoL. According to Brown and Werner (2012), physical activity in everyday life, such as walking, should be regarded as a powerful tool for promoting public health, especially to cope with the so-called obesity epidemic rampant in many industrialized countries.
However, as seen above, any discussion of sustainable mobility means more than just fostering transport. In recent decades, hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs) have been promoted as a viable technology to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and the resulting greenhouse emissions associated with conventional vehicles. However, the acceptance of new technologies applied to transport comes up against distrust of the new proposals: they are considered alien and unproved (Egbue and Long 2012), unsafe and of uncertain social status.
Handbook of Environmental Psychology and Quality of Life Research by Ghozlane Fleury-Bahi, Enric Pol, Oscar Navarro