Our Future Generations Campaign
Who are Future Generations?
The term Future Generations refers to citizens of the future; today’s children, their unborn children, and so on…These people cannot yet vote, they cannot voice their opinions, and they cannot influence change.
However, decisions which we make NOW will unavoidably have an effect on them. Is it fair that we leave generations of the future with a world not worth living in?
We believe that society of the future should not have to suffer as a result of our actions.
We believe we must protect the earth, and that generations of the future have the right to a comfortable life.
We believe the responsibility for ensuring this lies partly with politicians.
What's Our Aim?
To bring sustainability and long-term thinking to the forefront of political thinking. We believe there should be a system of safeguarding built into the UK's political framework to hold organisations to account over their actions, and to scrutinise government policy to ensure they have long-term interests at heart.
What do we Want?
Roots volunteers were inspired by a Hungarian initiative called the Hungarian Commissioner for Future Generations, which was disbanded in 2012.
His role enabled access to all areas within the policymaking process, and to identify where policies could be improved so as to prevent compromising future generations’ needs.
By working in an advisory capacity to the Hungarian government, the Commissioner, Dr. Sandor Fulop, aimed to preserve natural resources, advocate public concerns, sponsor local resilience groups (such as the ‘living villages’ – sourcing water, energy and food locally), and upholding citizens’ right to a healthy environment.
The Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) was a public body set up by Labour in 2000, and it worked to advise the UK governments on sustainable development.Unfortunately, it was closed in 2011 by the coalition government’s cuts, despite only costing £3m per year and delivering yearly efficiency savings of almost £70m.
Wales currently has a Commissioner for Sustainable Futures, which has worked to build on the Welsh division of the SDC.
Like the SDC, it aims to have positive impacts on sustainable development and catalyse pro-sustainability changes, advising the Welsh Assembly Government on positive change.
The 2014 Future Generations Bill focuses on key areas for sustainability to make Wales "the best place to live and work" by 2050.
Our Work so Far...
So far, we have mainly focused on gaining additional political knowledge to get a better understanding of what might be possible, and gaining feedback from local political figures. Read more about our meetings so far by clicking here.
If you're interested in getting involved in this project, opportunities include: