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Environmental issues are central to the social and political reforms of the twenty-first century. Bringing together leading experts, this textbook explores the social, political, economic and moral challenges that environmental problems pose for social policy in a global context. Combining theory and practice with an interdisciplinary approach, the book reviews the current strategies and provides a critique of proposed future developments. Understanding the environment and social policy guides the reader through the subject in an accessible way using chapter summaries, further reading, recommended webpages, a glossary and questions for discussion. The book outlines a series of policy debates and themes, including: Cities, housing and transport Citizenship and care Employment and green jobs Environmental governance and legislation Fuel poverty and social exclusion Globalisation Health and pollution International development Providing a much-needed overview of environmentalism and social policy, the book will be invaluable reading for students, teachers, activists, practitioners and policy-makers.