There has been great success in the alleviation of global poverty over the last 25 years. However, due to the current model of economic growth, these successes in economic development have been at a grave cost to the environment. As more and more people have been lifted out of poverty, so the strain placed on finite resources and the environmental systems that are essential for sustaining life has increased. And the environmental damage, rampant inequality and unjust economic systems in our world today threaten to push many people back into poverty.
We need to continue – and step up – the fight against poverty, but to do so in a different way. A way that is both economically and environmentally sustainable. A way that protects and restores God’s creation, brings an end to unjust inequality and builds just and sustainable economic systems.