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Ecology, justice, and poverty – Laudato Si proposes a new “integral ecology”, which responds in a unified way to the two greatest challenges of our world today: “we are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental” (LS 139)

Therefore, “we have to realize that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” (LS 49). 

More resources

  • During the 2018 National CLC Gatheing, Doreen Roach and Chris Power lead a workshop on 'Acting against poverty.' Notes and materials from that workshop can be accessed by clicking this link. 
  • Jesuit Social Services website -