Future Generations

The Democratic Case for an Office for Future Generations

An Office for Future Generations is an independent institution designed to promote long-term interests in the political process. A small number of examples exist in countries such as Hungary – and very soon Wales. This report, first published in 2015, supports the development of such Offices, but stresses the importance of considering their democratic characteristics....

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British public opinion on the needs of ‘future generations’

More than 2/3rds of British people believed in this 2011 IPSOS-MORI poll that the UK Government considers future generations too little in its decisions. Nearly half of those interviewed (45%) think passing on a healthy planet is more important than a thriving economy (9%), safety and security (16%), or an unspoilt countryside (4%).

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TEDx event on future generations and intergenerational justice

The Minister for Future Generations, Septima Tulisa, steps back in time from the year 2050 to give a stark warning about how the world might end up if we don’t start building long-termism into all our decisions. The Minister, played by FDSD Director Halina Ward, comes from a future where humans left it very late indeed before they began to address the needs of future generations. Her plea is that we must not do the same…

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Save the world’s only Commissioner for Future Generations

When FDSD learned that new administrative arrangements for Hungary’s Commissioner for Future Generations could water down the role of this unique institution, despite strengthened protection for the environment and future generations in Hungary’s new constitution, we drafted an urgent sign-on letter to MEP József Szájer.

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