This article was published on 11 August 2015 at Friends of the Earth.
The Pope’s recent encyclical could have been the mission statement of a new movement championing an economic model based on social, economic and climate justice.
In his Encyclical Laudatio Sí, Pope Francis calls upon citizens, governments and the business community to begin a new dialogue about how to shape the future of the planet. He argues that this conversation must be fundamentally democratic and focus on the common good. He defines the common good as:
“a central and unifying principle of social ethics”.
The Pope goes on to say that:
“Society as a whole, and the state in particular, are obliged to defend and promote the common good.”
Laudatio Sí could be a preamble to the mission statement of a new grassroots movement in Europe which has been growing rapidly since 2010. The Economy for the Common Good (ECG) calls for a new economic system with the interests of society and the environment at its very core.
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