Ecological Economics, one of the seven Laudato Si’ Goals, acknowledges that the economy is a sub-system of human society, which itself is embedded within the biosphere – our common home.
This goal aims, in part, to “correct the present disparity between excessive technological investment in consumption and insufficient investment in resolving urgent problems facing the human family.” (LS 192)
The international Laudato Si’ Action Platform Team is committed to sharing insights, tools, resources, and reflections from the global community of fellow sojourners, contemplating, exploring, and acting on the Laudato Si’ Goals along their paths toward integral ecology.
Below, Carlos Alberto Solís Rojas, Ecological Economics Coordinator for the Laudato Si’ Action Platform (LSAP), explains how the Platform is helping to increase engagement with the Ecological Economics goal.
I am passionate about helping people understand the inter-relationship between faith, economic choices, and environmental and social impact.
Ecological Economics Is a transdisciplinary Laudato Si’ Goal that addresses the relationships between ecosystems and economic systems.
Actions based on this Goal could include:
- Sustainable production and consumption
- Ethical investments
- Divestment from fossil fuels and any activity harmful to the planet and the people
- Supporting circular economies
- Prioritizing care labor
- Protecting the dignity of workers.
Why Ecological Economics is So Important
Having knowledge about Ecological Economics and its role in day-to-day human society can affect decision making at both a small scale – as individuals and families examine and alter their consumption habits – and at a big scale, influencing companies and communities on how to invest in ethical businesses and business practices.
“Ecological Economics aims to achieve a long term ecological conversion – a transformation of one’s heart and mind toward greater love of God, each other, and creation.”
LSAP brings together and supports a global community of individuals, organizations, parishes, schools, and universities in their transitions from learning about Ecological Economics to putting knowledge into action. This support includes resources, events, and networking opportunities where people can share information and experiences that lead them towards an ecological conversion.
It is urgent to spread the word to all who are influenced by the LSAP and call them to action appealing to their core values, in order to leave a sustainable planet for the next generations.
If you have any experience or insight into Ecological Economics individually or as a family, or within your parish, school, university, institution, or organization you’d like to share, we’d love to hear it! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.