Examining Biophilia and Societal Indifference to Environmental Protection

Examining Biophilia and Societal Indifference to Environmental Protection

Mary Ann Markey (Grand Canyon University, USA) and Lonny Douglas Meinecke (King University, USA)
Release Date: July, 2020|Copyright: © 2021 |Pages: 279|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4408-2
ISBN13: 9781799844082|ISBN10: 1799844080|EISBN13: 9781799844099|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781799853022


The theory of biophilia posits that there is an innate connection between all the species that share Earth’s biosphere and that this connection is inherently collaborative as organisms work together to ensure survival as opposed to competing for resources and territory. As threats to the environment increase in frequency and scale, applying a scientifically rigorous lens to the biophilia theory becomes crucial to ensuring survival.

Examining Biophilia and Societal Indifference to Environmental Protection is a pivotal reference source that explores the relationship between nature, humanity, and mindfulness. The book is broken into three sections with the first section introducing the reader to biophilia and examining how this phenomenon results in human awe for nature. The second section investigates the value of biophilia and covers human exploitation of nature, including how this has changed the regard for children and elders. The final section outlines a practical approach to restoring nature and renewing faith in one another. While highlighting a broad range of topics including mental health, natural disasters, and taxonomy, this book is ideally designed for biologists, activists, engineers, policymakers, government officials, academicians, researchers, and students.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Aging
  • Astrophilia
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Economics
  • Environmental Protectionism
  • Juvenility
  • Mental Health
  • Mindfulness
  • Natural Disasters
  • Reverence for Nature
  • Societal Indifference
  • Taxonomy

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Dr. Mary Ann Markey is an Adjunct Professor at Grand Canyon University with a PhD in Conflict and Crisis Management and a Master’s Degree in Psychology. Over the course of her professional career, her research, presentation and publishing topics have included: intra-family homicide, revenge, violence, aggression, domestic violence, torture, school and workplace shooters, and mass shootings at social venues (movie theaters, music concerts, etc.). In addition, Dr. Markey has devoted much of her professional and private life to the concept of Biophilia, and copyrighted her first Theory of Biophilia in November of 2016 with the U.S. Copyright Office in Washington, D.C. Dr. Markey co-hosted the 1st International Conference on Biophilia in June 2018 in Waterford, Ireland, and is initiating efforts to ensure that these Biophilia conferences remain an annual event. She recently launched her own conference organizing, consulting and publishing business which is called GEM Conferences, LLC and located on the west coast of Florida. These conferences are unique because they are based upon a European model that encompasses the theoretical and practical applications of the designated topic.
Lonny Douglas Meinecke, Ph.D., is a member of the adjunct psychology faculty at King University in Bristol, Tennessee. He researches marginal topics concerning social justice (ageism, ableism, and animal justice), and is a member of several organizations including the Social Psychology Network, the Psychology Coalition at the United Nations, the Task Force on Indigenous Psychology, the Society for Theoretical & Philosophical Psychology, and the International Society for Justice Research. His work is about promoting reverence for childhood and old age, and the importance of honoring biological life of every age and every kind, while Life is briefly here.