A new appraisal of social work’s engagement with the physical environment has been a feature of twenty-first century practice. With the world on the brink of ecological crisis and with environmental disasters and ongoing landscape degradation reducing our capacity to sustain a healthy planet, the social work profession is reimagining the environment as a critical field of social work practice. While global leaders express frustration, ignorance or denial as we drift towards the dangerous shoals of catastrophic climate changes and more frequent and intense environmental catastrophes, social workers across the globe are introducing an alternative paradigm that links social and environmental justice with human rights and advocacy. In the confusion, procrastination and uncoordinated global and national actions, social workers have taken a lead in bringing a greater focus to the social aspects of sustainability and the health and wellbeing of the planet and its people.
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