Our Mission

The Global Alliance for a Deep-Ecological Social Work (GADESW) is intended as an educational resource and support forum for social workers attentive to the well-being of the earth community and concerned about environmental degradation.

It was born out of a desire to assist social work practitioners, academics and students see the deeply interconnected and interdependent relationships between the ecological, political, social and spiritual aspects of the natural world and how these realities may inform and guide social worker's ecological concerns and professional practice.

I am pleased at the number of social workers from around the world who have corresponded with me; always confirming my long held belief that professionals are looking for a place where it is acceptable to be both a social worker and a committed environmentalist. It am always encouraged by how social workers have, in a myriad of small ways, introduced their passion and love for the earth into practice. I am convinced the profession is ready for change. Social workers are asking how can we meet the needs of millions of poor and marginalized without destroying the natural world and creating an unsustainable global system dependent on ever increasing consumption of material goods.

This site is for all social work and human service professionals who share a love for the earth. It is dedicated to changing the consciousness of social work. It is more imperative than ever that we shift awareness and create alternative structures of living and being. We can no longer fail to act upon the growing worldwide recognition that human beings are deeply grounded in a radical interdependence with each other and with the life giving and sustaining systems of the natural world. This Website is one mechanism to assist social work in becoming more deeply ecologically aware. Your input and insights are welcomed. If you have questions, contributions or input, please contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it