Episode 189 - Rachel Forbes, Dr. Andrea Nesmith, Meredith Powers, and Dr. Cathryne Schmitz: Environmental Justice

Monday, April 11, 2016, 8:00:37 AM

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In this episode, our guests discuss their contention that environmental social work and environmental justice represent a subset of our traditional conceptualization of social justice. Whether it is the water in Flint, Michigan or the effects of global warming, the disproportionate impact on vulnerable and marginalized communities requires that social workers practice beyond the micro level and enter into the arenas of advocacy, influencing policy-making, social action, and various other social work role sets.

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Average Rating: 5stars  environmental justice and social work, Monday, April 23, 2018

By Manar K. :

This podcast was very informative in the importance of recognizing that environmental justice is a part of social work, and that we should aim to advocate for those whom are affected by their physical environment. One of the speakers mentioned how within social work, we are always discussing the client and their micro/ mezzo/ macro level environments that impact their well being, and that the environment should also be talked about physically in these levels as well.

Many of the times those who are poor, with little to no power, and people of color are the ones who are likely to be affected by such environmental policies. As we continuously strive to be trauma informed with a human rights perspective, environmental justice should not be isolated from such conversations and social work dimensions.

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Average Rating: 4stars  mainstreaming green/environmental social work in the curriculum, Saturday, May 07, 2016

By Lena Dominelli :

Great podcast, especially the call for curricula to include green/environmental social work, for it to be interdisciplinary and to see social justice as integrated with environmental justice. Well done Rachel, Andrea, Meredith and Cathryne. I am a member of the network Meredith mentioned and couldn't agree more with the arguments you were all making.

I also wrote 'Green Social Work' (2012) which argues all of these points and more and is a great resource. There are many other resources available globally which students and faculty/staff can access through the internet.

I also agree that we certainly should do more collaborative work including research projects together at the international level. I am doing such work on earthquakes and volcanoes and did some earlier on climate change. The Green/Environmental Social Work Collaborative Network itself has some excellent resources which are available to any member, so suggest that Meredith's invitation is taken up. Well done all. Look forward to hearing from others.

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