Steve Rauh, MSW, RSW. Executive Director of the Manitoba Centre for Families in Transition, and Co-Chair of the Institute for Sustainable Policy Studies.
I have played a key role as a social worker in responding to high conflict divorce in our community. The work I initiated has been independently evaluated for outcomes (which saw positive changes in families that have been entrenched in dysfunctional patterns) and the agency has been independently evaluated. As a social worker I have written articles and made presentations about the links between psychology and the environment. Included in the presentations are: Environmental Sustainability and Clinical Practice (at the Internal Family Systems 2010 Annual Meeting, Chicago, Il), and Restoring the Global Environment: The Need for Social Impact Statements” (Keynote address at the Watershed Center’s 2005 Watershed Restoration Conference, in Oakland, CA)
In my environmental work I co-founded and initiated the Conference on the Hope and Fate of the Earth. The conference was held bi-annually from 1982 to 1988 in New York, Washington, Ottawa, and Managua (attendance was approximately 900 people per conference). I am the editor and producer of the film A Call for Peace: The Military Budget and You. The film is a documentary regarding the work of Ron Dellums, a social worker who served in Congress for 28 years. I served as editor of the Sierra Club bay area environmental newspaper from 1969 to 1990, and am past treasurer of the Canadian Environmental Network, and currently serve as co-chair of the Ron Dellums, David Brower Institute for Sustainable Policy Studies.
In this Webinar I would like to present focuses on the urgency of our situation and the need for action and participation by all sectors. I believe that many people are quite anxious – perhaps despairing – about global warming, and that one of the best ways to help people with despair is by opening up avenues of engagement. Many academicians have been working hard to define the important links between social work and the environment. Building on this work, I am suggesting a webinar that responds to our long tradition of being advocates and taking action.