When I was about 14 and studying Geography at the word ‘sustainability’ came up a lot. It was one of those words which were thrown into every essay just so an examiner could tick it off. I never really considered its significance in a global context; to me it just meant that it wouldn’t directly contribute to the melting of the ice gaps and the polar bears would still be around to savage explorers. But that simply isn’t the case; we, like every other animal, are part of the ecosystem and environment around us, and as such, not only do we have a responsibility to protect and preserve the world we live in, but If we don’t act now to move towards sustainable living, then the effects will be catastrophic and irreversible and will have a huge effect on our future societies.
That’s where future generations come in. They are a pressure group who is campaigning for sustainability to hold greater importance in the world of politics and policy making, not only from an environmental standpoint, but within a social and economic model also. If we are to have any hope of building a more sustainable society, then we have to consider each of these three pillars.
The environmental aspect is perhaps the most obvious. It’s no secret that the world we live in is under an ever increasing threat from the consequences of the copious amounts of pollution which is being pumped unceremoniously into our atmosphere, as well the problems of deforestation. It is obviously paramount that we endeavour to rectify these issues in future policy making; otherwise issues may become so severe that they are unsolvable.
Economic sustainability is also vitally important. Whether we like it or not, money makes the world go round, and no matter how beneficial a policy is to the environment, it simply won’t work if it is unaffordable in the long run.
The third pillar, social sustainability, is equally necessary. Democracy literally means ‘rule of the people’ and so any initiatives will be futile if the fail to satisfy the needs and demands of the public.
It is Future Generation’s ambition that these ideals are considered in future policy making so that societies of the future may live in a better world. Although it could be said that this little group is hardly going to singlehandedly change the world, every little helps, and if there were similar groups to this all over the country, then perhaps we would see a real difference.
Find out more about our Future Generations Campaign