The relationship between social work and environmental sustainability: Implications for interdisciplinary practice

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Thomas Matyók, Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies (Creator)
Cathryne L. Schmitz, Professor Emeritus (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The Brundtland Commission, formally the World Commission on Environment and Development, established by the United Nations in 1983, links peace, security, development and the environment claiming that war, poverty and structural violence result in the oppression and degradation of the human community as well as the physical environment. Likewise, human rights and social and environmental justice are intertwined, and social work, as a profession that collaborates across disciplines and within communities, is uniquely situated to provide leadership in the field of environmental studies. Its strong focus on human rights, social justice and community building creates a sound base from which to engage in the collaborative, creative, interactional processes required for environmental practice. This article seeks to discern a model for environmental social work within the context of interdisciplinary practice with peace and conflict workers and through the integration of inclusive models of economic development.

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International Journal of Social Welfare, 21(3), 278-286
Language: English
Date: 2012
social work, the environment, interdisciplinary , environmental practice

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