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.

Environment and Sustainability

Environment and sustainability
MargaretAlston and Fred H.Besthorn

Introduction

Overworked and highly stressed social workers might reasonably wonder whether pressing environmental issues are really their concern. Of course, we are all interested at some level but isn't environmental work the work of environmentalists? And, does our professional focus on environmental issues serve any useful purpose except to alarm already taxed social workers laboring with a plethora of ‘real life’ problems of the world's most vulnerable peoples? We think yes. Indeed, we are convinced, along with a growing number of social workers from around the world (Alston and McKinnon, 2005; Besthorn, 2001, 2008; Coates, 2003; Hoff and McNutt, 1994; Lysack, 2007; McKinnon, 2005, 2008; Ungar, 2002; van-Wormer and Besthorn, 2010; Zapf, 2009), that it is of utmost ...

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