Social work promoting community and environmental sustainability: A workbook for global social workers and educators (Volume 3)

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Meredith C.F. Powers, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Around the world social workers are coming alongside communities that are unfairly impacted by climate injustices and helping to create solutions. In these roles, we must consider the opportunities of promoting community and environmental sustainability, within and beyond the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While we need to be well versed in the language and concepts and be involved in conversations and actions with global partners for the SDGs, we must maintain a critical eye on the limitations of this framework and help shift the conversation towards real solutions (i.e., which can be sustained in the long term). We maintain that this shift involves embracing an ecosocial worldview and taking a degrowth approach for transformational alternatives to sustainable development.

This volume of the workbook series is thus, an attempt to demonstrate to the profession our relevance to the SDGs, as well as to demonstrate to the world that social work is essential to the realization of sustainability, within and beyond the SDGs. This book is intended as a tool for international social work practitioners, students, and educators to help advance the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development theme of “working toward environmental sustainability”. It is the third volume in the series and is formatted as a workbook, with short lessons and exercises to help you apply the lessons theoretically and in your own practice. These lessons could apply to research, policy, ethics, practice, theory, interdisciplinary work, and more. Whether you are a longtime supporter of social workers investing in social and environmental sustainability work, or if you are new and curious about the topic, we hope this resource will inspire and equip you.

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Language: English
Date: 2019
social work, environmental sustainability, sustainable development, environmentalism, social workers

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