Franciscans at the People’s Summit
The Franciscans JPIC team in Rome, in coordination with the local Franciscan organizing committee in Brazil held a seminar for the sixty members of the Rio+20 delegation of the Franciscan Family. The seminar served as a platform for the delegates to outline a coherent strategy for the Franciscan Family’s participation in Rio+20 and to provide information about the People’s Summit.
In particular, the seminar focused on the problems and challenges of ‘Green Economy’ which is a key issue at Rio+20. This concept is a central pillar of the current discourse on sustainable development but, in FI’s view, it is flawed. The ‘Green Economy’ approach to sustainable development places too much emphasis on economics at the expense of other crucial factors in development, particularly the environment and human rights. The ‘Green Economy’ allows us to maintain our current unsustainable way of life while merely mitigating its negative environmental impact.
What we really need are much more fundamental reforms which will steer our economic system away from activities that are so detrimental to our environment, and bring to the fore the broader social and cultural aspects of human development. Sustainable development isn’t simply an economic issue. It is not just about reconciling our economy with our environment; it is about ensuring the well-being of Mother Earth and our human family, today and for future generations
The participants of this seminar are also attending the People’s Summit, which takes place from June 15th to 23rd, where civil society actors from all over the world will gather to discuss these issues and share information and ideas about our common goals.