FDSD teamed up with the Intergenerational Foundation to commission an opinion poll on British attitudes to future generations. The results were both surprising and heartening.
It seems that we British care much more than you might think about our future descendants. More than two thirds (67%) of people interviewed thought the government was not doing enough for future generations. And when asked what was the most important legacy to hand down, far more people (45%) chose “a healthy planet” than chose other options like a thriving economy (9%) or even safety and security (16%).
“This research reveals that, when issues are framed in terms of future generations, people take a more responsible, global and longer-term perspective. It demonstrates that people are more than willing to step back from their day-to-day concerns to take the longer view.”
Ewan Jones, member of the Alliance for Future Generations