Environmental questions have been driven down the agenda by the economic crisis, an ill-informed media and a clever campaign by sceptics that has deliberately sought to sideline green issues.

At a time when the environmental agenda is under attack and in some cases going into reverse, it is perhaps an opportune moment to look at new approaches that might help to invigorate a positive debate about people’s relationships with the world that sustains us. One promising area comes in relation to health. Looking to the history of environmental policy and legislation, one of the most powerful drivers ...


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