Ecological Literacy : Educating Our Children For A Sustainable World

1781 Words Mar 8th, 2016 8 Pages
"The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.”― David W. Orr, Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World

As an undergraduate student, I was in search of a career that allowed me to do more than just help others. I desired a career that would elicit change in society. However, I never imagined becoming a social worker. Up until last year, I was incognizant to all the potential pathways of social work. Upon speaking with social workers who had different focuses, there is one common goal among them: work towards social and economic justice for all. The fervor each feels towards social justice is their motivator. Social workers work with individuals or groups, each with their own situations, cultures, ethnic diversities and intellectual abilities. I have come to look at social justice, comparable to the American philosopher John Rawls. Both Rawls and I view social justice as a safeguard for the members of society who are at a disadvantage. It works to secure equal access to liberties, rights, and opportunities. When denial of liberties and basic human rights is evident, we are looking at the face of…

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