Sure, it sounds right.

by Meredith Angeline Hinton

In James Martin-Schramm’s essay, “Toward an Ethic of Ecojustice,” Martin combines social and environmental ethics creating what he calls, “ecojustice.” Martin explains that humans are responsible for putting all organisms in danger and says that we are to care for all forms of life. He makes the point that if humans owe something to endangered species, shouldn’t they owe something to the poor? Aren’t poor people endangered? Through sustainability, sufficiency, participation, and solidarity humans will be able to maintain right stewardship, live in community with respect to all life, and give to those in need, both human and nonhuman.

But what is solidarity? Solidarity is unity and partnership that comes from a common responsibility. It is a joining together of purpose and ideas. Solidarity requires leadership and service. In order to achieve unity there must be a voice that calls out and leads a group of people to join in a cause. Fr. Renato Kizito Sesana states, “solidarity…implies free participation; it must come from the heart of individuals.” Becoming unified around a common good cannot be forced. Sesana points out that it is simply an issue of the heart. Solidarity cannot be legislated; it can only be attained if the heart is willing. Sesana explains that people must learn how to see, give, and receive. By applying these three components, solidarity with the poor can be achieved, equality among people would be attained, and categories of wealth would be dismantled. The value of human life must be re-examined and the practices of the rich challenged. Betterment can come only if people join together to change the practices that daily destroy lives.