chapter  1
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‘Nature’, ‘environment’ and social theory

What does one consider when one thinks about the ‘environment’? Is the environment the trees, plants, animals that we see around us? Is it the Amazonian rainforests or the world’s climate systems upon which all life on the planet depends? Are genetically modified organisms part of the environment? Is the environment the same as ‘nature’? Does the ‘environment’ have to do with concepts such as ‘biodiversity’, ‘ecosystems’ and ‘ecological harmony’? Can we say that the room where you are probably reading this book constitutes an ‘environment’?