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Materialism & the Environment

"A preoccupation with material acquisition that stunts human relationships has a similarly detrimental effect on how we relate to creation, seen in the degradation of the environment and the waste of resources God intended for the use of all". Australian Catholic Bishops, Social Justice Sunday Statement 2010.

In what ways might materialism lead us to degrade the material world? How might we shift our thinking about the environment from a resource-to-be-used perspective to one of relationship?

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