Title

A call for sustainable practice in occupational therapy

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2015

Abstract

Abstract

Background.

The ability of the earth to sustain health among humans and in the natural world is under threat from overpopulation, environmental degradation, and climate change. These global threats are anticipated to harm health and human occupation in many direct and indirect ways. Strategies are needed to mitigate the effects of these threats and to build individual and community capacities to foster resilience.

Purpose.

This paper links issues of sustainability with occupational therapy philosophy and discusses how employing a sustainability lens with professional reasoning can help practitioners integrate sustainability into their practice.

Key Issues.

Human occupation is inseparable from the environments in which people live. Human occupation has caused the current environmental crisis, and targeted human action is required to safeguard future health and well-being.

Implications.

Occupational therapists have an ethical obligation to use professional reasoning strategies that, taken collectively, can help to build a sustainable and resilient future.

Publication Name

Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy

Volume Number

82

First Page

160

Last Page

168

Issue Number

3

DOI

10.1177/0008417414566925