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Handbook of International Social WorkHuman Rights, Development, and the Global Profession$
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Lynne M. Healy and Rosemary J. Link

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333619

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.001.0001

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Environmental Degradation and Preservation

Environmental Degradation and Preservation

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(p.184) 27 Environmental Degradation and Preservation
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Handbook of International Social Work
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Christina L. Erickson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.003.0027

Humans have a deep dependence on the natural living world; it is through the earth that we receive nutritional sustenance and access to air, water, land, and energy to provide for our needs and comforts. Obviously, the health of the planet is intrinsically related to each of us. However, the human connection to the natural world extends beyond our physical sustenance. We have a deep emotional need to affiliate with the natural world for our own happiness. Unfortunately, it is human activity, including the desire to improve our quality of life, that lies at the core of environmental degradation. This chapter examines environmental issues from the standpoint of environmental justice, some effects of environmental issues around the world, and the unique contribution that social work is positioned to offer to this very human dilemma.

Keywords:   environmental problems, natural world, environmental justice, social work practice

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