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Durham University

Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience



The Routledge Handbook of Green Social Work

(15 May 2018)

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The Routledge Handbook of Green Social Work espouses a holistic practice approach to environmental and developmental issues for all peoples and other living things – plants and animals, and the physical ecosystem; emphasises the interdependent and relational nature of all the world’s constituent parts; and redefines the duty to care for and about others as one that includes the duty to care for and about planet earth.

Interdependency among all living things allows for the inclusion of all systems and institutions in its remit, including both (hu)man-made and natural disasters exacerbated by the (hu)made ones of poverty, chemical pollution of the earth’s land, waters and soils, climate change and natural hazards like earthquakes and volcanoes which become disasters through human (in)action. Green |Social Work’s value system is also one that favours equality, social inclusion, the equitable distribution of resources, and a rights-based approach to meeting people’s needs to live in an ethical and sustainable manner. Responding to these concerns is one of the biggest challenges facing social workers in the twenty-first century which this Handbook is intended to address.

By providing theories, practices, policies, knowledge and skills required to act responsibly in responding to the diverse disasters that threaten to endanger all living things and planet earth itself, this Handbook will become required reading for all social work students, academics and professionals interested in the social and physical environments, as well as those working in the fields of community development and disaster management.