Solar Envy

My neighbours just installed solar panels. That’s not the kind of thing that should arouse jealousy, but it does. I’d like to do it too, given a few changes in our circumstances. But I started to wonder why they’d done it, and why we wanted to. They’re certainly not alone …

The Eyes Have It

The owner of the campground where we enjoyed the wonderful weather this past weekend in  Bruges had obviously read the research in his attempt to get guests to keep things clean – a common problem in campgrounds, where people often seem to not feel bound by what they would do …

Judging Meat

I grew up vegetarian, long before it was cool or at all normal. Back in the late 70s and early 80s, most people didn’t quite know what to do with someone who didn’t eat meat or eggs. I’ll never forget the look of complete incomprehension on the face of the …

Give me dirty laundry

Growing up in North America, a washer isn’t complete without a dryer. Though I clearly remember our large next door neighbour’s flowered mu-mus and underwear fluttering on the line, even my hippie mother mostly used the dryer. And now, hanging clothes out to dry is no longer considered normal in …

Getting Buy-in

It felt a bit like getting back into my old job at UBCM last Friday when I attended a meeting of city councillors talking about sustainability. My husband had been invited, but he asked if I would go in his place and report back, knowing that I would find it …

My Story

Perhaps, looking back on my life, it is not surprising that I ended up fascinated by the application of psychology of sustainability. As long as I can remember I have been fascinated by how people think, how groups work and how societies change and the links between all those things. …