Alex Holland (she/her/hers), LMSW
Hello everyone! I am a social worker licensed in the state of Texas, and I work in the area of mental health. As a social worker, I am committed to following a Code of Ethics for the profession, which includes a dedication to service and social justice. The climate crisis and environmental degradation that we’re seeing now (because it’s already here) affects all of us, but not equally. Many call it a threat multiplier, because it makes conditions that already put some people at a disadvantage even worse. On top of that, the people most affected by the climate crisis are often the ones who contributed the least to the problem, making the climate crisis a justice issue that needs to be addressed.
Another aspect of my identity that shapes my involvement in the environmental movement is my faith. I am a Christian, and know that I have a duty to care for the Earth and everything and everyone on it. The Bible says that I should love others, which includes doing what I can to stop climate change from hurting them. I believe every faith-group has the responsibility in addressing the climate crisis, whether you are a Christian like me, or Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, or maybe follow a different faith. We all live on this planet together, and if your faith asks you to care for creation and other beings, here is your chance to get involved!
Whether it’s food insecurity, health disparities, or displacement of groups of people, the climate crisis affects all realms of life as we know it. I believe that everyone has a part to play in addressing the issue of climate change, even if you feel like maybe you don’t match what people typically think of when they think of an “environmentalist”. If you were looking for a call to action, here it is! And if you don’t know where to begin, we can help! Feel free to reach out with any related questions you may have, or to schedule a presentation. My interest areas include climate change and human health, as well as the involvement of faith-based organizations in helping address climate change.