The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has officially declared that environmental justice be part of the new EPAS in social work education.
Defining just what environmental justice is has been tasked to the CSWE Committee for Environmental Justice.
The Committee has officially declared that:
Environmental justice occurs when all people equally experience high levels of environmental protection and no group or community is excluded from the environmental policy decision-making process, nor is affected by a disproportionate impact from environmental hazards.
Environmental justice affirms the ecological unity and the interdependence of all species, respect for cultural and biological diversity, and the right to be free from ecological destruction.
This includes responsible use of ecological resources, including the land, water, air, and food.