Involuntary Simplicity: Changing Dysfunctional Habits of Consumption

Journal: Environmental Values

Title: Involuntary Simplicity: Changing Dysfunctional Habits of Consumption

Abstract: Why is it so difficult for 'voluntary simplicity' to become truly voluntary? It is suggested that an important distinction has to be made between beliefs which are 'espoused' and those which are 'embodied'. Certain crucial systems of embodied beliefs constitute traps, in the sense that they set invisibly, a person's motivational agenda, and bias perception against their own detection. This analysis makes it clear why certain popular forms of campaigning and education are ineffective; and suggest that some methodologies of self-transformation associated with spiritual traditions such as Buddism may have much to offer the environmental movement. 



how can education support eco-conscious young people in response to climate emergency?

As Honorary Professor at the University of Bristol School of Education, Guy will be working on approaches to Climate Change emergency with Professor Paul Howard-Jones.  


The project will explore whether young people are more likely to possess an eco-centric identity, and how schools can help them retain it, express it, and develop meaningful habits.