Social work is a profession that is increasingly involved with issues which have a global dimension. This Handbook tackles the global/local aspect of social work in its various forms and interrogates the key concerns that societies are facing through an international lens. The contributors show that, with an appreciation of commonalities and differences, local practices and appropriate forms of international activity can be better developed.

Social Work and Changing Environments

Social work and changing environments
JenniferMcKinnon

Introduction

Awareness of nature as something more than an infinite resource for human exploitation has been in the public consciousness ever since the publication of Rachel Carson's groundbreaking book, Silent Spring, in 1962. Although public interest has varied in the ensuing period, widespread awareness of the impact of human activity on the environment was raised in 2006/2007 as several events converged and momentum was gained. Release of the Stern Review in Britain (Stern, 2006), Al Gore's (2006) documentary film ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, and the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2007) report, all confirming that human intervention makes an undoubted contribution to global warming, together with a range of other events around the same time, ...

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