Why Social Workers Are Absent from the Africa Climate Summit


Examining Their Role in the Climate Agenda

In the lead-up to the much-anticipated Africa Climate Summit, it is disheartening to observe the conspicuous absence of involvement from social workers and community development professionals. Within my extensive network of dedicated individuals in these fields, the silence surrounding such a crucial event is both surprising and concerning.

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Climate change is undeniably a pressing issue in our society today. Its far-reaching consequences pose significant threats to people\’s well-being and the environment. Given that social work is a profession dedicated to addressing societal challenges and supporting vulnerable populations, it is imperative that social workers play a more prominent role in climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.

In the face of global crises like floods, hunger, and drought, social workers step up as the compassionate pillars of support, tirelessly working to rescue and empower affected communities. It raises a vital question: should social workers merely respond to climate change\’s aftermath, or should they actively engage in its mitigation and prevention?


Given the current circumstances, it becomes urgently necessary to convene all relevant stakeholders and inquire whether social workers chose to step back from their involvement in the Africa Climate Summit preparations or if their exclusion was intentional. These critical questions should guide our path forward as we plan for the future.


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  1. I am Social worker and am engaged in my department as a climate change issue together with my bosses and colleagues at the county Government of Machakos.
    Thank you

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