Every New Decision Has a Justice Price Tag

Kara Powell | Jan 4, 2010

Every New Decision Has a Justice Price Tag…

Thats the theme in Everyday Justice: The Global Impact of Our Daily Choices, a very practical book by Julie Clawson with the appropriate subtitle of the global impact of our daily choices.

Julie Clawson makes a number of great points, like:

  • Our local, everyday choices reverberate around the globe.
  • Acting justly makes life more complicated. It means we start thinking about how we shop, dress, and drive.
  • Sometimes the way to start is not to try to overhaul our lives but to tweak them. The reason? A few people might be up for the overhaul but most run away, panicked and overwhelmed.

She then gives practical steps for living justly in a number of areas, ranging from coffee and chocolate to waste and debt.

My favorite idea is one she got from Brian McLarenthat just like we have nutrition facts on food products, we should have ethical facts on all products. Just as a nutrition label tells us what we are about to eat, the ethics label would tell us about the history of what we are about to purchase or consumer. Were the workers paid fair wages? Are they being treated humanely? Were hazardous pesticides and chemicals used on this product? Was it grown in sustainable ways?

Great idea. Maybe not super feasible, but still a great idea.

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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