Sustaining Climate Justice Work: Reflections on Being “Grounded”

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: As the COVID-19 pandemic has caused us all to take necessary and continuous measures for health precautions, at times it has felt a bit like “being grounded” - like when we were kids and suffered “grounding” as a punishment so we couldn’t go out and play with our friends. For me, a curious and avid globe-trotter (who is trying to reduce my ecological footprint in the name of climate justice) I also sensed “being grounded” from flying, as many flights were canceled or grounded due to health risks. On the plus side, this has resulted in some unexpected benefits for people and the planet. For example, many social workers and service consumers can now attend a plethora of free, virtual conferences and workshops, when previously they would have faced barriers to participation (due to fees or travel). This is also great for climate justice, as our collective ecological footprint on travel has shrunk significantly (for more on what an ecological footprint is, check out the IFSW Climate Justice Program).

Additional Information

NASW-NC Newsletter, May/June/July 2021, 14
Language: English
Date: 2021
social work, COVID-19, climate justice

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