This book has introduced the reader to a number of interrelated issues which govern the relationships between society and the environment. Before embarking on this, the introductory chapter explained how society itself is gendered, in that relations between men and women are unequal because of a historically sustained practice which has privileged men's position over women's. The form which a society takes is clearly going to have an impact on that society's relationship with the environment, and this is the main theme which runs through the book. I have identified four components of gender--environment relations which I have used as organising principles of this book. These are:
1 explanations of how gender-environment relations have developed; 2 the gender-differentiated effects of environmental problems; 3 the differential capacity of women and men to do anything about these
problems; 4 a review of possible strategies for changing this gender bias.