Human beings cannot live and thrive outside of healthy ecosystems, yet we consume, plunder and pollute the Earth’s bounty as if there were no limitations.
Current U.S. environmental, economic and geopolitical policies hold little regard for our global sisters and brothers, future generations, nor for the other forms of life with which we share this planet. If the United States is to be a global good neighbor, policy decisions must be guided by principles of sufficiency and sustainability that care for and protect the futures of the people and ecosystems with which we share this world.
We are guided by principles of justice, stewardship, sustainability and sufficiency. In noting the care that our Creator put into forming even the smallest of creatures, and the interconnectedness of all life, we are called to share in the act of Creation by walking gently and caring for the world around us.
As stated by Pope Benedict XVI in Sacramentum Caritatis, “The world is not something indifferent, raw material to be utilized simply as we see fit. Rather, it is part of God’s good plan, in which all of us are called to be sons and daughters in the one Son of God, Jesus Christ (cf. Ephesians 1:4-12). The justified concern about threats to the environment present in so many parts of the world is reinforced by Christian hope, which commits us to working responsibly for the protection of creation.”