The introductory text focuses on human welfare and the environment from a social policy perspective. It shows how environmental concerns are becoming increasingly central to social policy and discusses the roles of central and local government in relation to environmental issues. Social Policy and the Environment covers contemporary topics including- globalization, sustainability, Local Agenda 21, green ideas, environmental health, housing and urban development, food, and work. Each chapter starts with an overview of the topics and ends with a list of key points and a guide to further reading. Core concepts are clearly explained and illustrated throughout this text which provides students with a concise and up-to-date summary of what they need to know.