Embracing an Ecosocial Worldview for Climate Justice and Collective Healing



Engstrom S & Power M (2021) Embracing an Ecosocial Worldview for Climate Justice and Collective Healing. Journal of Transdisciplinary Peace Praxis, 3 (1), pp. 120-144.

We are faced with an ongoing global climate crisis, the more recent public health crisis brought on by COVID-19, increased racial and police violence, ableism, and the intersecting injustices surrounding gender and sexuality. From an autoethnographic perspective, we argue the urgent need for a shift in worldview from one that is more human-centric to an ecosocial worldview that takes into account the global connections that we can no longer ignore. An ecosocial worldview acknowledges the inextricable relationships of humans within our context of a global ecosystem. When we embrace this worldview, we can approach and address injustices that are mutually beneficial and healing for both people and the planet, understood as climate justice. We reflect on our journeys to an ecosocial world view and discuss how climate justice work from an ecosocial worldview, can promote the repairing of broken relationships among individuals, communities, self, and the planet. This paper shares reflections and perspectives for individual and collective healing, such as eco-therapy, gratitude, teaching, and adopting a sustainable, life-enhancing pace. These healing and reflective practices within the context of climate justice are also important factors in building and maintaining individual and community resilience to current and future crises.

Ecosocial worldview; climate justice; autoethnography; social work; healing

Journal of Transdisciplinary Peace Praxis: Volume 3, Issue 1

Publication date28/02/2021
Publication date online21/02/2021
Date accepted by journal04/01/2021
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Dr Sandra Engstrom

Dr Sandra Engstrom

Lecturer, Social Work