Squandering resources, creating artificial needs, programmed obsolescence, overconsumption, proliferation of waste… these are the symptoms of a market economy whose sole aim is its own perpetuation, for the benefit of the few. However, there is another type of economy that aims to benefit everyone, while respecting each individual and ensuring we live in a sustainable world.
An ethical and solidarity economy is based on a social vision of the good life that serves as its guide, as opposed to lucrativeness. Through other models of production and consumption, those who share this vision strive to use work to promote dignity and emancipation, stakeholder participation, resource, knowledge, and wealth sharing, along with creating inclusive and democratic governance.
If we want to develop an economy that works for human beings and their environment, it is crucial to recognise the actors of the ethical and solidarity economy and give them priority, in particular to promote solidarity-based responses and active citizenship.