What is Ecological Economics?
Ecological economics is an alternative economic model that challenges the current growth-driven system, presenting instead a model that recognizes Earth’s biophysical limits and embodies both social and ecological values.
Among other things, ecological economics calls for:
‘Right-sizing’ national economies in order to respect Earth’s need to rest and rejuvenate, and less industrialized countries’ need to develop in sustainable ways.
Measuring the success of economies not by mindless growth in production and consumption, but by increased human well-being and ecological integrity.
Creating strong, thriving, interdependent local/regional economies and human communities that are rich in social ties.
Shifting to a sufficiency-based economy in which the gifts of Earth are shared equitably; everyone has enough and no one has excess.
Our work is organized around A Call to Integrate Faith, Ecology and the Global Economy, a statement created by the Faith-Economy-Ecology-Transformation Working Group, a coalition of faith-based organizations and individuals with which the office is affiliated. Our endorsement of this statement commits us to work for: