African Journal of Social Work

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Social workers as environmental preservation vanguards: Zimbabwean professionals’ potential change agent roles

Takudzwa Leonard Mathendea, Tatenda Goodman Nhapib


Environmental injustice is one of the challenges facing social workers globally. The article explores pathways for environmental social work engagement in Zimbabwe. The authors reviewed media reports on environmental degradation in selected Zimbabwean locations and discussed the results in light of potential roles of social workers in ensuring environmental justice. The authors recommend inclusion of environmental issues in the social work curricula, including fieldwork and collaboration with state and non-state actors who are currently involved in environment justice.

KEY TERMS: Social Work, environmental degradation, environmental justice, natural resource governance, person in environment

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