Create social responses to a changing environment

WP5The environmental challenges reshaping contemporary societies pose profound risks to human well-being, particularly for marginalized communities. Climate change and urban development threaten health, undermine coping, and deepen existing social and environmental inequities. A changing global environment requires transformative social responses: new partnerships, deep engagement with local communities, and innovations to strengthen individual and collective assets.

Network Co-Leads to Create Social Responses to a Changing Environment: Susan Kemp, Lisa Reyes Mason, and Lawrence Palinkas.



People and Climate Change: Vulnerability, Adaptation, Social Justice, held November 18, explored the impacts of climate change on individuals and communities, and discussed practice and policy solutions. To view the agenda and watch conference sessions, please click HERE.

Kemp, S. P., Mason, L. R., Palinkas, L. A., Rechkemmer, A., & Teixeira, S. (2016, September). Policy recommendations for meeting the Grand Challenge to Create Social Responses to a Changing Environment (Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative Policy Brief No. 7). Cleveland, OH: American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare.

Mason, L. R., Shires, M. K., Arwood, C., & Borst, A. (2017). Social work research and global environmental change. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research. Advance online publication. doi:10.1086/694789

Policy Action Statement:

“Create social responses to a changing environment.” Actions urge development of policies targeting environmentally induced displacement in the United States.