Sustainability and Health: Supporting Global Ecological Integrity in Public Health

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* A major new textbook in public health that links ecological health with human health -- ideal for university students and public health practitioners
* Offers practical solutions for health issues across environmental, economic, and social systems
* Pilot tested in major public health universities in the UK (Glasgow, Cardiff and Essex), Europe (Maastricht University and Hamburg Technical University), Australia, and North America

The zone of interaction between the social and the natural environment is the most important emerging area in public health. Radical changes in the biosphere and human interaction with the environment are increasingly impacting the health of populations across the world. Whether the risk is from diseases crossing species boundaries, pollution of water, air and land, global pandemics, or new patterns of cancer, it is now clear that human health and the health of the global environment are inexorably linked.
Drawing on a range of scientific findings, "Sustainability and Health" offers a thorough background and solutions to overlapping issues in environment and health. The book introduces a range of emerging conceptual frameworks and theoretical perspectives, links IT and epidemiology, and explains how scoping can link program design, delivery, data collection, and evaluation from the beginning. Taking a learning approach the authors provide activities, readings, and international case studies making this an essential resource for students and professionals.

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About the Author:

Valerie A. Brown is Director of the Local Sustainability Project, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University; and Emeritus Professor of Environmental Health, University of Western Sydney. She has held national advisory positions in public health, environmental management and higher education, and presented innovative programs in these fields in the Asia-Pacific, Canada and Europe. Valerie is the author of over 200 research papers and 12 books on linking social and environmental issues and social change, the most recent being Towards whole-of-community engagement: a toolkit of strategies 2004 (with Heather Aslin); Sustainability and health: supporting global integrity in public health Earthscan 2005 (with J. Grootjans, J. Ritchie, M. Townsend and G.Verrinder); Social learning and environmental management Earthscan 2005 (with M.Keen and R. Dyball) and Leonardo's vision. A guide to collective thinking and action SENSE 2008

Review:

"Among current buzzwords, none exceeds 'sustainability in breadth of applications, intense optimism conveyed, or irony--it is used mainly in referring to things that are not viable. Consider, for example, the oxymoron 'sustainable development.' Nonetheless, society must recognize the importance of sustainable world populations, economies, ecosystems, and public health. The eight chapters of this book cover (1) the future of life on Earth, (2 & 3) coordination and contexts for sustainability and health, (4) knowledge cultures, (5) monitoring sustainability, (6 &7) practitioaners as actors and innovators, and (8) managing for sustainability. Sections vary in their readability, and learning activities cover a broad range of psychosocial exercises and actions from the theoretical to the practical. The book ends with a 'way forward' toward sustainabilty and health--a laudable and necessary objective. But the goal of achieving sustainability remains elusive, and this book is not a blueprint for converting the money-oriented power structure into a sustainability oriented system. Despite its wealth of interesting facts, ideas, and social constructs, this book (like so many of its genre) ignores global overpopulation (less than a page) and does not invoke it as a driver of nonsustainability. Nevertheless, this is a valuable resource. Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduates and graduate students; general readers."--M. Gochfeld, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in CHOICE.

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