The Environment for Children: The Environmental Hazards that Threaten Children and Their Parents

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Each year, millions of children die of environmental causes and many more suffer serious illness or injury. Children are often the most vulnerable to the condition of their environment -and their health is an index of its quality - but their wellbeing is rarely given priority by governments or aid agencies. Ironically, the problems can be traced back to matters which can be treated straightforwardly and at relatively low cost - poor drinking water or food, or infectious diseases which can be controlled. This book...
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Overview

Each year, millions of children die of environmental causes and many more suffer serious illness or injury. Children are often the most vulnerable to the condition of their environment -and their health is an index of its quality - but their wellbeing is rarely given priority by governments or aid agencies. Ironically, the problems can be traced back to matters which can be treated straightforwardly and at relatively low cost - poor drinking water or food, or infectious diseases which can be controlled. This book gives a multidisciplinary account of the environmental health hazards threatening children and the range of impacts they can have. It also explains what can be done, by communities as well as governments and aid workers, to provide safe and healthy environments for children. The book looks at conditions in a range of cities in the developing world, as well as pollutants and other health problems affecting children in the North. Published in association with UNICEF, and written by some of the same authors as Environmental Problems in Third World Cities (Earthscan, 1993), this provides excellent course material, and will be useful for practitioners working on child development, infant and maternal health, environmental health and community development. David Satterthwaite is Director of the Human
Settlements Programme at the International Institute for Environment and Development, and principal author of Environmental Problems in Third World Cities (1993) and Squatter Citizen(1989).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853833267
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

David Satterthwaite is a Senior Fellow at IIED and also teaches at the Development Planning Unit of University College London and at the London School of Economics.

Roger Hart is with the Children's Environmental Research Group.

Diana Mitlin is an economist and social development specialist and works both at the International Institute for Environment and Development and the Institute for Development Policy and Management (University of Manchester). Her major focus is on issues of urban poverty reduction, in particular in the area of secure tenure, basic services and housing. Her work has explored a number of themes related to the contribution of civil society to addressing issues related to poverty and inequality. For the last ten years, she has worked with Shack/Slum Dwellers International. Recent publications include Empowering Squatter Citizen (2004, with David Satterthwaite) and Confronting the Crisis in Urban Poverty (2006, with Lucy Stevens and Stuart Coupe).

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Table of Contents

The environment and children ? links between environment and health ? the vulnerability of children to the environment ? children and renewable resources ? sustaining environment and development ? primary environmental care ? children as the bridge to sustainable development.
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