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Susan Opotow

Susan Opotow is Professor in the Graduate Program in Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Titles by This Editor

The Psychological Significance of Nature

The often impassioned nature of environmental conflicts can be attributed to the fact that they are bound up with our sense of personal and social identity. Environmental identity — how we orient ourselves to the natural world — leads us to personalize abstract global issues and take action (or not) according to our sense of who we are. We may know about the greenhouse effect — but can we give up our SUV for a more fuel-efficient car? Understanding this psychological connection can lead to more effective pro-environmental policymaking.