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Pope backs ethical consumerism

Jun 24

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Says 'Purchasing is always a moral act..' and backs consumer boycotts. 

 

In his recent open letter to the world's 1.2 billion Catholics Pope Francis has urged his followers to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

In last week's encyclical the Pope stressed the importance of consumer movement, particularly boycotts, to bring about social and environmental change. 

 

The leader of the Catholic church stated:

"A change in lifestyle could bring healthy pressure to bear on those who wield political, economic and social power. This is what consumer movements accomplish by boycotting certain products." 

Echoing the mission of Ethical Consumer, The Pope added that this type of action can:

"..prove successful in changing the way businesses operate, forcing them to consider their environmental footprint and their patterns of production. When social pressure affects their earnings, businesses clearly have to find ways to produce differently."

 

He urged individuals to take responsibility for their own actions, commenting that there is a, "great need for a sense of social responsibility on the part of consumers." 

Quoting Benedict XVI he added that,  "Purchasing is always a moral – and not simply economic – act"

 

He finished his comments on consumerism by offering a challenge to all consumers to "examine our lifestyle" to help stop environmental degradation.

 

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