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This is a call to action  let us save our environment and save ourselves. If you are asking for remedies or measures to tackle these challenges, psychology offers us the following solutions. Before the solution or in order to embrace the would-be solutions, let us now look at another view, perception or conception of the environment.
Psychologists define environment as any external factor(s) that interact with the organism to affect its development and or behaviour outside the genetic factors. First off external factors outside the genetic components of an organism for humans include the prenatal factors. Second is the fact that there is an interaction between the organism and the environment best described by this diagram

This is a call to action  let us save our environment and save ourselves. If you are asking for remedies or measures to tackle these challenges, psychology offers us the following solutions. Before the solution or in order to embrace the would-be solutions, let us now look at another view, perception or conception of the environment.
Psychologists define environment as any external factor(s) that interact with the organism to affect its development and or behaviour outside the genetic factors. First off external factors outside the genetic components of an organism for humans include the prenatal factors. Second is the fact that there is an interaction between the organism and the environment best described by this diagram

 

So at each instance there is a relationship of give and take or rather 'impact and be impacted upon' as the case maybe between the organism and the environment. Finally, the above interaction has a developmental and or behavioural consequence on the organism. An understanding of the environment from this perspective is what enables a person to treat or interact with the environment in a manner that will be supportive of sustainable development goal of environmental protection. This perspective elicits conscious awareness in the occupants of an environment. A typical example is the almost automatic change in attitude towards cleanliness during the last Ebola endemic scare. That reaction was possible because survival was threatened but since then, many have relaxed and returned to the old behaviour of 'eating and defecating' because the threat to them is gone.
Therefore, psychological measures for achieving positive attitudinal change towards environment friendly behaviours are long term and prone to re-assessment. They are;
1.    Creating conscious awareness:-word of mouth, meetings, newsletters, fliers &posters, websites & blogs, SMS, radio jingles, bill boards.
2.    Effective communication and persuasive arguments for attitudinal change
3.    Relevant  social action:- confrontation, negotiation, collaboration, co-optation
4.    Sanction
5.    Strategic planning for future protected environment
6.    Promoting change through volunteers
7.    Participatory action research:- The goal is to evaluate the effectiveness of the process in achieving positive attitude to environmental protection.
Benefits of successful positive attitude change for environmental protection
a)    Living in a clean environment with fresh and clean air
b)    Extended life expectancy
c)    Reduction in incidence of malaria
d)    Reduction in the breakout of all forms of communicable diseases (e.g. Ebola, Tuberculosis, Diahrreoa, cholera, etc.)
e)    Community cohesion and personal security
f)    Innovation and youth employment
g)    Reduction in the incidents of mental illness
h)    Increased gross domestic product
i)    Improvement of natural vegetation
An awareness and consciousness of the endangered state of the earth following current climatic changes, a government and society interested in sustainable development will work towards expanding our vegetation, wildlife, landscape by decreasing and avoiding completely where possible the felling of trees, air pollution, blockage of water ways, poor housing plans (i.e. city or urban plans that does not consider space and pressure on the environment in view of the future generation). The question is how will the developmental milestones we are covering now impact on the future generation 100years to come? Sustainable development means that the goals we set and achieve as developments at present will be beneficial to us and future generation as well. It is important that we understand that based on the synopsis we have  here, we can develop functional policies, laws and strategic plans upon which individuals, families, communities, states and the nation can base their efforts towards the achievement of environmental protection and through it sustainable development with the use of psychological strategies.

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