This blog was originally posted at Identity Campaigning.

Advance reviews of Meeting Environmental Challenges: The Role of Human Identity by Tom Crompton and Tim Kasser

"Never have environmental problems appeared so insuperable. Whatever the past victories of the environment movement, we need a new and deeper approach – one that begins to engage the human values and identities that lie at the heart of environmental challenges. Meeting Environmental Challenges: The Role of Human Identity does not flinch in insisting on both the possibility and the absolute necessity of working in this way. As such, it makes a clear and important contribution to a realistic response to today's environmental crisis."

James Gustave Speth Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and Sara Shallenberger Brown Professor in the Practice of Environmental Policy at Yale University, and author of The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability.


“A huge shift in public attitudes to global warming is vital to secure our future. The new strategy put forward in this superb book is subtle, powerful and based on cutting edge psychological research. It’s probably our last best shot.”

Clive Hamilton Author of Growth Fetish and Scorcher: The dirty politics of climate change.




“Tom Crompton and Tim Kasser’s new study is a sorely-needed and hopeful resource in a time of environmental and climate dangers. Meeting Environmental Challenges: The Role of Human Identity mines a rich vein of recent psychological and social research to address one of the core challenges of social change – how to mobilize private and unconcerned citizens to alter not only their own behaviors but those of businesses and governments as well.”

Robert Cox Board member and former president (2007-8) of the Sierra Club and professor of communication studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.




"It would be the easiest thing in the world to neglect the demons in the human soul and place all our faith in angels. But Pollyanna politics won't solve the enormous environmental and social challenges that face us. Tom Crompton and Tim Kasser have done a huge service to sustainability by shining a critical light on the unsustainable aspects of the human psyche and at the same time reminding us of our underlying humanity, and of the common values that seek to protect and preserve the common good."

Tim Jackson Professor of Sustainable Development and Director of RESOLVE, University of Surrey, UK