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Towards Shaping/Nurturing a Community of "Social Workers for Climate Praxis"
Reimagining Social Work

"How do we re-frame and re-orient social work/social work education to go beyond the mainstream boundaries and imagination of public service in an age of climate-related poly-crisis? How do we go beyond the silos of mono-academic/professional cultures?

Can 'social work', (professional social work, social work in general, social development work) in whatever form it takes (curative, preventive, development, other), continue with the same orientation/purpose/concerns into the period of climate crisis/emergencies? Can 'social work education' just continue the traditional courses, offerings and streams? Are our social workers equipped with the necessary orientations and competencies/skills that can address a world of interconnected crises/complex polycrisis produced by the nature of development we adopt and climate crisis? Should we rethink social work in general and social work education in particular? Can we create a community of 'social workers for climate praxis'? What will that mean and how will we sustain it?"


Exploratory Deliberation:
12th August 2023

Main Online Event:

26 to 28th Jan 2024

Inter-Frame, Inter-Sectionality, Transdisciplinarity,
& Critical Civic Engagement

We are calling for a preliminary meeting to deliberate on the 'reimagining social work in an era of anthropogenic climate change' initiative.  The 12th August meeting is to feed the main online event (conference-unconference) in January 2024. Its an exploratory meeting to help us mainly to:

1) Curate the interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary realities for deliberation and sharing during the main event. 
2) Identify resource persons working on inter-frame/intersectional areas promoting inter- or trans-disciplinarity as well as critical and compassionate civic engagement/governance practices.
3) Encourage critical conversation and dialogue between those working in social work professional education, social or development work (in many fields) and climate change/crisis.
4) Promote creative, relevant, and critical course-making, learning journey and democratic knowledge production initiatives beyond the mono-academic/professional cultures.

5) Conceive of a community social development workers and professional workers serving to address the anthropogenic climate induced poly-crisis.

Main Online Event/Conference-Unconference/26-28 January 2024

Encounters with an ecology of realities (appearing as 'fields' and 'studies') affected by climate change/climate crises/climate emergencies -- climate emergency, media, creative writing, transformative entreprenuership, creative production, architecture and civil engineering, climate injustice, social work education, information and library science, family and community, indigeneity, femininity, peace, forms of democracy, Indigenous knowledge, forms of social work, socio-ecological justice, health and social pandemics, agroecology....See the word cloud below.
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Towards Shaping/Nurturing a Community of "Social Workers for Climate Praxis"
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Selected References
(uncategorised collection)

5 Natural Disasters that Beg for Climate Action

Climate Change Contributes to Violence Against Children – Here’s How

The Climate Crisis Will Be the Mother of All Financial Crises

The Eco Collapse We Were Warned About Has Begun By José Seoane

Environmental Migration: Social Work at the Nexus of Climate Change and Global Migration

What is Green Social Work?

Earth Emotions: New Words for a New World

Climate Change and Psychology: Effects of Rapid Global Warming on Violence and Aggression

Climate Change, Social Work, and the Transition Away from Fossil Fuels: A Scoping Review

Media and Social Work

[August 2016 - International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR) Volume 5(Issue 8):71-74]

A Philosopher Invented a Word for the Psychic Pain of Climate Change

Polycrisis, Unraveling, Simplification, or Collapse:

Coming Soon to a Planet Near You? By Richard Heinberg

Positioning Social Work Researchers for Engaged Scholarship to Promote Public Impact

Climate Change and Health: A Call to Social Workers

Navigating the Polycrisis—Life in Turbulent Times

What Is Climate Feminism?

There is a Dangerous Connection between Climate Change and Aggression of Dogs

Should We Re-think The Nature Of Social Work? By M. Nadarajah [In Social Work Profession in India: An Uncertain Future By T.K. Nair, 9Niruta Publishers, 2014]

Greta Thunberg Effect: People Familiar with Young Climate Activist May be More Likely to Act

The Use of Indigenous Traditional Knowledge in Climate Change Strategies

What is a Global Polycrisis? And How is it Different from a Systemic Risk?

How Does Climate Change Impact Women and Girls?,How%20does%20climate%20change%20impact%20women%20and%20girls%3F,livelihoods%2C%20health%2C%20and%20safety.

Naomi Klein: How Power Profits from Disaster

Nature Deficit Disorder’ Is Really a Thing by By Meg St-Esprit McKivigan (2020)

The Role of Social Work in Climate Change


Social Media and Social Work: Implications and Opportunities for Practice

Climate Change and Levels of Violence in Socially Disadvantaged Neighborhood Groups

Agroecology, Climate Change Induced Polycrisis and the Transformation of Food Systems

Social Workers, Farmers, and Food Commodification:

Governmentality and Neoliberalism in the Alternative Food Movement

Ecological Social Work

Architecture and Social Work: Some Impressions About Educational Issues Facing both Professions

Why is Climate Change a Pertinent Issue for Social Work and

How can Social Workers Contribute to Efforts to Address it?

The Role of Public and Private Sectors in Disaster Capitalism: An International Overview

Libraries and Social Workers — Perfect Partners

Climate Change and Public Health: How Social Workers Can Advocate for Environmental Justice

The Disaster Profiteers: How Natural Disasters Make the Rich Richer and the Poor Even Poorer

Solastalgia: The Distress Caused by Environmental Change by Glenn Albrecht, Gina Sartore, Linda Connor & Nick Higginbotham (2007)

The Relevance of Feminism in Modern Social Work Education

Climate Change, Techne, Indigeneity and Education

Climate, Psychology and Change: Psychotherapy in a Time when the Familiar is Dying by Steffi Bednarek (Karnac Books, 2023)

World Social Work Day: How Social Media Helps Make Connections

Human and Social Values in Agroecology: A Review by Rachel Bezner Kerr1, Jeffrey Liebert, Moses Kansanga, and Daniel Kpienbaareh(2022)

Agroecology as a Transformative Approach to Tackle Climatic, Food, and Ecosystemic Crises

The World Social Forum, a Globalisation from Below?

Climate Consciousness and Behaviour of Students of a Civil Engineering University:

Problems of Education

Global Warming, Climate Change and the Need for Green Social Work

Environmental Justice at the Heart of Social Work Practice: Greening the Profession

India may have Highest Climate Risk Globally but its Banks are Unprepared to Support Climate Action: Report

Social Work and Climate Justice (Book)

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