Justice is the best mental health intervention

 Social Welfare, Social Justice and
Environmental Degradation


Focus on Children, Poverty and
Environmental Degradation





Global Poverty Trap (Durning's 1989 Model)**

Environmental Problems 

(deforestation, natural resource depletion, chemical contamination of air, water, land pollution, toxic waste)

Consequences for Children

(physical, mental, emotional, economic)

Strategies to Improve



Lack of productive assets
Poor health
Population pressures
Political powerlessness






Domestic policies and development schemes that discriminate against poor citizens






Flow of goods and services
National debt burdens
High interest rates
Rising capital flight





*Durning, A. B. (1989). Poverty and the Environment: Reversing the Downward Spiral.
Worldwatch Paper 92. Washington, DC: Worldwatch Institute. [See also Rogge (2000)].

Applications of
Children, Poverty and
Environmental Degradation Framework

China | India | Peru | Mexico | Poland | Ghana

Please Click on Either Image Below to View Slide Presentation
Kidpower Presentation Youth Environment Service Presentation

Social Work Research on Environmental Threats

Social Work and Environment Bibliography

Environmental Threats and Social Work Interventions

Social Work Interventions: Micro to Macro

International Conventions on Environment, Children and Youths

Global Conventions

A Sampling of International Environmental and Children's NGOs and IGOs

IGOs and International NGOs

Internet Resources for Children, Environment and Poverty

Links to Children, Environment and Poverty Websites

United Nations and other International Governmental Organizations (IGOs)

Global Convention Websites, Documents and Reports

International Organizations Directories

International Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

Sustainable Development Organizations

Sustainable Development Indicators and Instruments

Participatory Action Research


Other Multi-issue Web Links 

This website contains links to documents prepared for the following two presentations:

Mary E. Rogge, "Poverty, Environmental Degradation, and Development: Strengthening Collaborative Strategies to Protect Current and Future Generations." at "Poverty, NGO's and Development: Global Dimensions and New Directions", 10th International Symposium of the Inter-University Consortium for International Social Development, in affiliation with The Social Fund for Development (Egypt). Cairo, Egypt, June 28-July 2, 1998. 

Mary E. Rogge and Marie D. Hoff, "Global Environmental Degration and Social Justice: A Role for Social Work in Building a Sustainable Future", with Marie D. Hoff, Ph.D. at "Promoting Human Well-being: Addressing the Forces Shaping Society", 28th International Conference of Social Welfare, Jerusalem, Israel, July 6 1998.

University of Tennessee College of Social Work (UTCSW)

UTCSW Children's Mental Health Services Research Center

UTCSW Office of Research and Public Service (SWORPS)

Resource Links

University of Tennessee Community Partnership Center (CPC)
University of Tennessee Energy, Environment and Resources Center (EERC)

Website Contributors:
Mary E. Rogge, MSW, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee College of Social Work and Faculty Associate, UT EERC (http://eerc.ra.utk.edu//staff/rogge.htm),  mrogge@utk.edu. 
Marie D. Hoff, MSW, Ph.D., Professor, Social Work Department, Boise State University, http://www.idbsu.edu:80/socwork/, mhoff@bsu.idbsu.edu. 
Julie Harris Vanover, UTCSW MSSW Student, Management and Community Practice Concentration. 
Lori D. Moore, 1998 UT McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Scholar. 
James A Post, UTCSW Children's Mental Health Services Research Center. 
S. Anna M. Valenti, BSBA, UTCSW MSSW Student, Clinical Practice Concentration.

Last updated: June 2000 

If you have comments or questions concerning this web site, please contact Mary E. Rogge. Thanks for stopping by!