Social work and sustainable development: An overview

Iris CHI*, Alice M.L. CHONG, Ting Kin NG, Diego BUSIOL

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Environmental change, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2013), is a “physical or material change to the economic, social, or physical environment” (para. 2). The environment, defined as the conditions in which any person lives or develops, can be altered by myriad phenomena; climate change and rapid urbanization, however, are two of the most fundamental causes of current changes to our natural environment. Pollution, drought, food and water insecurity, environmental degradation, poor urban sanitation and human health, increased occurrence of natural disasters, and economic and social inequality are all threats stemming from environmental change. These environmental changes have a profound effect on societies due to the close relationship between social and ecological systems, and can present significant challenges, affecting daily life and forcing societies and individuals to confront the reality of adapting to and mitigating the effects of environmental change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Work and Sustainability in Asia
Subtitle of host publicationFacing the Challenges of Global Environmental Changes
EditorsAlice M. L. CHONG, Iris CHI
PublisherTaylor and Francis
ISBN (Electronic)9781315514963
ISBN (Print)9781138200227
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameRoutledge Advances in Asia-Pacific Studies


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