Climate Change and Occupational Therapy: Meeting the Urgent Need for Adaptation, Mitigation, and Resilience

Steven D. Taff, Madelyn G. Yoo, Kelly A. Carlson, Parul Bakhshi

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Abstract

Climate change may be the most pressing existential threat to human health and wellbeing in the twenty first century. In this paper, the authors provide context and critique on barriers to climate action in the United States and other high-income countries, including the profit-driven approach to health, consumerism, and the climate change countermovement. The reciprocal connections between occupational engagement and climate damage are examined from a lens of collective and irresponsible occupations and subsequent accountability. The authors propose the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as a basis for recommendations occupational therapy practitioners could implement within the priorities of adaptation, mitigation, and resilience.

Original languageEnglish
JournalOccupational Therapy in Health Care
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

Keywords

  • Adaptation
  • climate change
  • mitigation
  • occupational therapy
  • sustainability

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