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Updated content to reflect current trends and anticipated trajectories. Expanded the bibliography with burgeoning scholarship in the field, with an emphasis on the relationship between social work and ecological conditions.

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date: 28 April 2017

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The earth's climatic and environmental conditions appear to be going through rapid and dramatic changes. Social work has traditionally distinguished itself by claiming a particular focus on person–environment transactions. The balance between the person and the environment has not been easy to maintain—especially with the environmental construct often becoming constricted to small-scale personal space and existing social systems. In the context of a growing environmental crisis and international awareness of the earth's tenuous ecological condition, social work can reclaim its traditional commitment to environmental concerns and find new ways to express and operationalize these concerns in a rapidly changing world.

Keywords: climatic change, deeper ecology, ecojustice, ecology, ecosocial work, environment, environmental degradation, environmentally sensitive practice, person–environment

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