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Conservation Social Work

Conservation Social Work

The Interconnectedness of Biodiversity Health and Human Resilience

(p.223) 17 Conservation Social Work
Ignoring Nature No More
Philip TedeschiSarah M. BexellJolie NeSmith
University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on the role of social work in improving relationships among humans, animals, and other nature. Social workers deal with society's most serious problems. Today, the most pressing issue facing the human condition is the worldwide decline in biodiversity and subsequent threats to global stability and human health. Social workers must encourage and empower people to gain an understanding of the interrelationships among themselves, their families, and communities, including the natural environment and its nonhuman inhabitants. The chapter also discusses some of the main ecological disturbances impacting human health. These include climate change, global environmental injustice, food security, biological diversity, human population growth, and animal welfare.

Keywords:   social workers, social work practice, conservation, environmental justice, human health, climate change, food security, population growth, animal welfare

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