The Urgent Need for Advocacy Work in Creating a “New Normal” for People and Planet

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: Social workers are essential workers in all communities and across all levels of practice. Now, more than ever, we ALL need to urgently advocate as we create a “new normal” with justice for people and planet. In considering what our “new normal” should be, let us consider Sonya Renee Taylor’s poignant challenge, “We will not go back to normal. Normal never was. Our pre-corona existence was not normal other than we normalized greed, inequity, exhaustion, depletion, extraction, disconnection, confusion, rage, hoarding, hate and lack. We should not long to return, my friends. We are being given the opportunity to stitch a new garment. One that fits all of humanity and nature.”1

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NASW-NC Newsletter, Summer 2020, 12
Language: English
Date: 2020
climate justice, social work, Climate Action Rebate Act, advocacy

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