Economics & Us
Our day to day acts of work, leisure and consumption connect us, in more ways than we know, to the big issues of poverty, injustice and ecological decline in the world. If we are to take responsibility for our impact, we need to begin to disentangle the complex web of the economic systems we live in and depend upon.
What happens in the developing world is intimately connected to what happens in the developed world. We live in a globalised world in which the decisions of consumers, governments and corporations determine who wins and who loses in the global economy. Unfortunately, addressing poverty is not just as simple as sending money overseas.
If we take seriously the command to love our neighbour and to steward creation, then there is no more urgent challenge than to limit the damage being caused by the Earth's changing climate. The challenge is both personal and political and it requires us all to ACT NOW!
If we want to care for others and care for the planet, then we need to put our money where our mouth is. Your dollar is your vote!
The Mekong Region is characterised by rich and strong cultures and superabundant ecological diversity. However, it is a region whose people and ecologies are under enormous stress, as the global economy now competes for the same natural resources – rivers, land and forest – which rural communities have long depended upon.
Although a wealthy, highly developed country, Australia’s indigenous communities continue to suffer from deeply entrenched and persistent disadvantage. In particular, deep social problems – substance dependency, violence, and abuse – threaten the very fabric of many indigenous communities. If the Australian vision of reconciliation is to involve healing for indigenous communities, then it must also include the restoration of a meaningful economy to indigenous peoples.
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