Have you read the report of the St Pauls’s Institute on Value and values? I bet you haven’t, even though it has been in the news quite a lot.
Archbisop Rowan Williams’s foreword contains the following words;
An ethical approach to economics requires us to move away from the illusion that
economics can be considered separately from questions of the health and wellbeing
of the society we inhabit. It also involves recognising that we exist in a world
of materially limited resources, so that environmental degradation has to be taken
into account in any assessment of the cost of projects or transactions.
I suspect that getting this right would in itself introduce into the language of
economics a sense that it couldn’t be only about the mechanics of generating
money and might help keep issues of ethics, justice and trust in perspective.
So I welcome the continuing focus that St Paul’s Institute brings to these issues
by providing a challenging and well-resourced space for conversation and I wish
the Institute every success in this new phase of its work.
The report is worth a read.
Will the St Paul’s Institute prepare a report on the Assisi legacy?
Where is the voice of the Church on the damage that we are doing to the world around us?
Searching the Church of England’s website for anything on the natural environment I find the following, also from Archbishop Williams:
“For the Church of the 21st century, good ecology is not an optional extra but a matter of justice. It is therefore central to what it means to be a Christian”
…which sounds jolly good, very good indeed, but I can’t find much else. It’s odd, isn’t it, that many of us regard the protection of other living things on Earth as a moral imperative but we rarely see the Church of England saying anything similar in the same places or any other places. I can’t find the Church of England responding to government consultations on biodiversity anywhere on Defra’s website. Where is the Church’s moral position on the reduction of life on Earth?