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A comment on ‘Climate change: Social workers’ roles and contributions to policy debates and interventions'

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  • Jef Peeters

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    1. Leuven University College, Belgium
      Jef Peeters, Leuven University College, Department of Social Work, Groeneweg 151, B-3001 Heverlee, Belgium. E-mail: jef.peeters@khleuven.be
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  • A more elaborated argumentation on social work and ecological challenges will be published in a special issue for the International Journal of Social Welfare on the theme Environmental social work (Peeters, July, 2012).

Jef Peeters, Leuven University College, Department of Social Work, Groeneweg 151, B-3001 Heverlee, Belgium. E-mail: jef.peeters@khleuven.be

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Peeters J. A comment on ‘Climate change: Social workers’ roles and contributions to policy debates and interventions'

In this commenting article, I present several critical remarks about Lena Dominelli's contribution to the issue of climate change and its implications for social work.1 In my view, her article lacks three important considerations. First, I argue that the issue of climate change should be addressed as part of a broader, fundamental challenge: the transition of the growth-based economic system upon which our society is built. Second, within a context of social and ecological injustice, dealing with climate change inevitably requires a dimension of social struggle. Third and lastly, I emphasise social work's role in challenging the social, political and economic structures and processes that bring about climate change.

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