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Newsletter for Intergenerational Justice – 08/2014

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1) Children at the constitutional court. Goal: To abolish the minimum voting age

2) FRFG is searching for an EVS-volunteer

3) FRFG receives award

4) 7th Intergenerational Justice Award 2013/14 on the topic of "Youth Movements for Intergenerational Justice"

5) Obituary to Hans-Peter Dürr, advisory member of the FRFG

6) UN Economic and Social Council Opens High-level Segment

7) Climate Change and Human Rights - and Ethics Perspective

8) "Scrapping Help to Buy Would Be an Act of Intergenerational Theft."

9) Australian Carbon Tax Repealed


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1) Children at the constitutional court. Goal: To abolish the minimum voting age

01_08_1415 children and teenagers, aged between 10 and 17, have submitted a complaint to Germany’s constitutional court. They demand the abolishment of the minimum voting age and, thus, the strengthening of democracy and generational justice. They are supported by the Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations, which is the "most well-known extra-parliamentary think tank for matters of intergenerational justice" (Wirtschaftswoche), as well as the children’s initiative "Plant for the Planet." Legal assistance is provided by Prof. Michael Quaas, one of “Germany’s best lawyers” according to the Handelsblatt-Ranking 2014. Prof. Quaas has so far supported the campaign free of charge.

Contesting the general election at the constitutional court has triggered considerable media attention, which we document in our press pages (German).

Campaign Background:

Children had no vote in the 2013 general election. In Germany, more than a million people are unable to exercise their right to vote – just because they are under 18. This means that 17% of the population are being denied their most important political and constitutional right. This goes against the principals of democracy and popular sovereignty and is no longer supportable. We have been working with children and young people in regards to this matter, and together we have started the "Wir wollen wählen!" ("We want to vote!") campaign.

On 20th November 2013, more than a dozen children and young people, together with the FRFG, submitted an electoral complaint to the Bundestag. The Bundestag rejected our complaint on 8th May 2014. On 7th  July 2014 the FRFG flied a complaint before the Federal Constitutional Court, demanding the abolishment of the minimum voting age.

If the complaint is approved by the constitutional court, the costs of scientific advice and legal assistance will be incurred. We would therefore like to ask you to support our campaign financially. We have launched an appeal for donations at Better Place . We thank you very much for your support!

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2) FRFG is searching for an EVS-volunteer

02_08_14_evsThe FRFG is searching for an EVS-volunteer for the new issue of the Intergenerational Justice Review. The project will start from 1st January 2015 and end on 31st of December 2015. All interested people can send us an application (including CV, motivation letter, certificates, references) via E-Mail ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Young people can also contact us for more information about the EVS and the project. Please note that very good English language skills are required for our project!

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3) FRFG receives award

03_08_14The FRFG was awarded the Our Task Global Thinking Award at the Earth 2100 Conference, which was held on 26th and 27th July 2014 George Mason University, Virginia, USA. Dr. Bruce Auerbach received the award on behalf of the FRFG. He was impressed with the enthusiasm of Our Task, which is a young organisation which seeks to engage the young in campaigning for environmental change.

For more information about Our Task and the Earth 2100 Conference, click here.

A video of the award ceremony can be found here.

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4) 7th Intergenerational Justice Award 2013/14 on the topic of "Youth Movements for Intergenerational Justice"

04_08_14The  topic for the 7th Intergenerational Justice Award 2013/14 is "Youth Movements for Intergenerational Justice" and the deadline for submitted work is drawing ever nearer. Entries in English or German can still be submitted until the 15th October 2014. After the deadline, the work will be judged by our high-ranking jury and prizes will be awarded to the best pieces.


The jury is comprised of:

- Prof. Dr. Klaus Hurrelmann (Hertie School of Governance, Berlin)
- Prof. Dr. Dieter Frey (Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich)
- Dr. phil. Wolfgang Kraushaar (Hamburg Institute for Social Research)
- Dr. James Sloam (Royal Holloway, University of London)
- Juliana Bidadanure (University of York)
- Ashley Seager (Intergenerational Foundation)
- Jun.-Prof. Dr. Dr. Jörg Tremmel (Eberhard Karls University Tübingen)

Further information can be found here.

The complete tender documentation will be sent upon request via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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5) Obituary to Hans-Peter Dürr, advisory member of the FRFG

05_08_14Prof. Hans-Peter Dürr, one of the FRFG’s advisory members, died on the 18th May 2014. Prof. Dürr was born in Stuttgart on 7th October 1929; he died at the age of 84. He was a quantum physicist, a peace and anti-nuclear activist, a philosopher and alternative Nobel Prize laureate, a maverick and inquisitor.

He emphasized the responsibility of scientists for peace, ecology and global justice and became an important voice in the debate on disarmament of the 80s. In 1987 he received the Right Livelihood Award in recognition of "his profound critique of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) and its work to make sophisticated technology available for peaceful purposes." Jakob von Uexküll, founder of the Right Livelihood Award and the World Future Council, praised Dürr as "a bridge between worlds and worldviews." An obituary to Prof. Dürr can be found on the website of the Wolrd Future Council.

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6) UN Economic and Social Council Opens High-level Segment

06_08_14On 7th July 2014, the United Nations released a press statement about its Economic and Social Council’s post-2015 agenda. The new agenda will build on the successes and shortcomings of the Millennium Development Goals, with measurable targets and scaled-up investments in areas such as education, health, gender equality and youth employment. Also part of the new agenda is eradicating extreme poverty and an imperative to building stable societies and tackle growing inequality in both rich and poor countries.

To read the whole press release, click here.

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7) Climate Change and Human Rights - and Ethics Perspective

07_07_14The message of a recent side event to the United Nations Human Rights Council, held on 19th June 2014, was that "Climate change is increasing inequality and impacting territorial integrity and security as well as provoking the forced displacement of people and thus seriously affecting the human rights of people all over the world. Climate action based on science can help protect the basic human rights of individuals both in this generation and in future ones, as climate change poses questions to intergenerational justice."

For more information, the rest of the article can be found here.

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8) "Scrapping Help to Buy Would Be an Act of Intergenerational Theft."

08_08_14George Osborne, the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, has said that scrapping the Help to Buy initiative would be an "act of outrageous intergenerational theft." He said that we want young people to have the same opportunities to buy homes as his generation did. The Help to Buy scheme offers working first-time buyers a loan of up to 20% (on top of a mortgage) of the price of a newly-built house, on which no interest is payable for the first five years.

The rest of the Telegraph’s article can be accessed here.

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9) Australian Carbon Tax Repealed

09_09_14On 17th July, Australia's Senate voted to repeal the carbon tax by a margin of 39 votes to 32. The tax was introduced in July 2012 and Australia’s highest polluters were charged 23 Australian dollars per tonne of greenhouse gasses they produced. The Prime Minister, Tony Abbot, has pledged to reduce greenhouse emissions without the "international oddity" of a carbon tax, but Green party leader said that the repealing of the carbon tax represented "intergenerational theft."

To read more, click here.

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With best regards,
The Editors

Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations
(Stiftung fuer die Rechte zukuenftiger Generationen)
Mannsperger Str. 29
D-70619 Stuttgart

Tel: +49-(0) 711 – 28 05 27 77
Fax: +49-(0) 3212 – 28 05 27 7
E-Mail: kontakt(at)srzg.de
Homepage: www.intergenerationaljustice.org & www.srzg.de

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Board:
Bernhard Winkler
Dr. Bettina Munimus
Wolfgang Gründinger
Adrian Schell (head of board)

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Office Manager:
Igor Dimitrijoski

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Newsletter for Intergenerational Justice – 06/2014

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1) "We want to vote" Campaign: Bundestag rejects FRFG’s Electoral Complaint

2) FRFG is searching for an EVS-volunteer

3) 7th Intergenerational Justice Prize 2013/2014 with the topic "Youth Movements for Intergenerational Justice"

4) Young Americans sue government agencies for inaction

5) Canada: debate about how to engage young people in local politics

6) Sri Lanka: World Youth Conference 2014

7) 44th St. Gallen Symposium

8) Youth invited to attend world summit

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1) "We want to vote" Campaign: Bundestag rejects FRFG’s Electoral Complaint

01_06_14_wollenwaehlenOn 20th November 2013, more than a dozen children and young people, together with the FRFG, filed an electoral complaint at the Bundestag. On 8th May 2014, the Bundestag rejected our complaint. We now have the chance to institute our proceedings at the Federal Constitutional Court before 4th June, 2014. The SRzG is going to make use of this option. At the moment we are working in collaboration with our lawyer, Prof. Quaas, to prepare the complaint.

To get more information about the campaign click here.

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2) FRFG is searching for an EVS-volunteer

02_06_14_evsThe FRFG is searching for an EVS-volunteer for the new issue of the Intergenerational Justice Review. The project will start from 1st January 2015 and end on 31st of December 2015. All interested people can send us an application (including CV, motivation letter, certificates, references) via E-Mail ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ). You people can also contact us for more information about the EVS and the project. Please note that very good English language skills are required for our project!

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3) 7th Intergenerational Justice Prize 2013/2014 with the topic "Youth Movements for Intergenerational Justice"

03_03_14_jugendbewegungenThe invitation to submit papers for the 7th Intergenerational Justice Prize 2013/2014, which is initiated by the FRFG in cooperation with the Intergenerational Foundation (IF), is now open. This year’s topic is "Youth Movements for Intergenerational Justice". Thanks to our cooperation with the English Intergenerational Foundation, there’s also the possibility to hand in English written papers. Closing date is 15th October 2014. Funded by the Apfelbaum Foundation, prizes totalling 10,000 € will be awarded to the best papers submitted.

Part of the jury are:

-    Prof.Dr. Klaus Hurrelmann (Hertie School of Governance, Berlin)
-    Prof.Dr. Dieter Frey (Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität, München)
-    Dr. phil. Wolfgang Kraushaar (Hamburger InstitutfürSozialforschung)
-    Dr. James Sloam (Royal Holloway, University of London)
-    Juliana Bidadanure (University of York)
-    Ashley Seager (Intergenerational Foundation)
-    Jun.-Prof.Dr. Dr. Jörg Tremmel (Eberhard KarlsUniversitätTübingen)

For more information on the CfP click here.

You are welcome to request the entire tender documents via This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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4) Young Americans sue government agencies for inaction

04_06_14Young people from all over the United States are suing six federal agencies for climate inaction, which constitutes a violation of the constitutional rights of the youth. Filed by five teenagers and two NGOs and supported by more than 30 environmental and constitutional professors, the suit refers to the public trust doctrine. It is part of a nationwide campaign that wants to call attention to climate change and its significance (especially for the younger generations) and aims to make the US government finally take action on this issue.

Right now the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has to decide on the federal suit. Click the following link to see the whole discussion.

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5) Canada: debate about how to engage young people in local politics

05_06_14The Department of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs of Newfoundland and Labrador has introduced a new bill. Bill 6 will amend several acts concerning municipal operations so that youth representatives are allowed to be appointed to city and town councils. Although young representatives, aged under 18, wouldn’t be allowed to vote, the bill would give young citizens a voice in the councils.

Now, the politicians of Newfoundland and Labrador are discussing the potential consequences of this bill. Indeed, everyone wants the youth to be more engaged in politics but the views on Bill 6 are diverging. For example, one concern is that the political jargon of council meetings isn’t youth appropriate and could even discourage young people to be active in politics.

For more information about the topic click this link.

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6) Sri Lanka: World Youth Conference 2014

06_06_14The first worldwide World Youth Conference was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from May 6th – 10th 2014. 1,500 participants from all over the world, half of them between the ages of 18 – 29, met under the theme "Mainstreaming Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda". The Conference, based on an intergenerational dialogue, resulted in the Colombo Declaration on Youth. This Declaration consists of recommendations on 14 subjects, such as development of youth leadership, elimination of poverty, gender equality, youth rights and inclusive youth participation and has a symbolic character. Hopefully, the recommendations will be presented to the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly by member states that were present at the Conference.

Click the following link for more information.

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7) 44th St. Gallen Symposium

07_06_14The 44th St. Gallen Symposium took place a the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, on the 8th and 9th May 2014. 600 "Leaders of Today" and 200 "Leaders of Tomorrow" took part in a debate on "The Clash of Generations." The keynote address was delivered by Professor Laurence Kotlikoff, who described intergenerational injustice as “A war on our children” and implored the audience to acknowledge and face up to the issue.

To see Professor Kolikoff giving his speech, click the following link.

For more information about the 44th St. Gallen Symposium, click this link.

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8) Youth invited to attend world summit

08_06_14Young people are invited to attend the One Young World Summit 2014, which will be held in Dublin, Ireland from 15th-19th October 2014. The invitation is extended to all young people between the ages of 18 and 30. The summit aims to bring together the younger generation to share and hear their concerns, opinions and solutions and to take action to bring about change in their respective communities, companies and countries.

For more information about the summit, application and funding, click here.

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All newsletters are available on our homepage: www.intergenerationaljustice.org > Press > Newsletter

If you want to unsubscribe this newsletter, please send an e-mail to
kontakt(at)srzg.de or unsubscribe directly on our homepage.
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With best regards,
The Editors

Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations
(Stiftung fuer die Rechte zukuenftiger Generationen)
Mannsperger Str. 29
D-70619 Stuttgart

Tel: +49-(0) 711 – 28 05 27 77
Fax: +49-(0) 3212 – 28 05 27 7
E-Mail: kontakt(at)srzg.de
Homepage: www.intergenerationaljustice.org & www.srzg.de

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Board:
Bernhard Winkler
Dr. Bettina Munimus
Wolfgang Gründinger
Adrian Schell (head of board)

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Office Manager:
Igor Dimitrijoski

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Copyright (c) 2014 FRFG

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Newsletter for Intergenerational Justice – 03/2014

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1) Legislative Prize for Generationally Just Laws

2) Campaign: "We want to vote!"

3) Seventh Intergenerational Justice Award 2013/2014 and its topic "Youth Movements for intergenerational justice"

4) Discussion on the voting age in the UK

5) Rising inequality among employees in England

6) The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the risks for our food

7) FRFG part of the Workshop "Future Challenges of Families in Europe" in Tallinn

8) Voting Age in Norway

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1) Legislative Prize for Generationally Just Laws

01_03_14_legeThe award ceremony for the Legislative Prize will be on April 8th at 6 pm in the Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance in Berlin. Due to the corporation with the Huboldt- Viadrina, the award ceremony is embedded in the Plenumstrialog of energy revolution.

The law to nuclear phase out was enacted by the seventeenth Bundestag and will be awarded with the Legislative Award. The Legislative Award for generationally-just laws will be given to young representatives of the four parties in the eighteenth Bundestag. Through the prize, the SRzG wants to maintain focus on the importance of campaigning for intergenerationally just laws (transcending party lines) also in the coming legislative periods.  

More information on the Legislative Award can be found here.

More information on the Trialogreihe with the topic energy revolution can be found on the following web page: www.trialog-energiewende.org

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2) Campaign: "We want to vote!"

02_03_14_wollenwaehlenDuring the Bundestagswahl 2013, millions of kids and teenager did not have the chance to vote- only because they are under the age of 18. This is violating the principles of democracy and the sovereignty of the people. This situation is no longer tolerable. To change this inequality, we started the initiative, "Wir wollen wählen!" ("We want to vote!").

On November 20th, representatives of the SRzG and a dozen children and adolescents challenged the validity of the elections. If the Bundestag rejects our motion, we will hand in constitutional complaint.

Aid appeal at Better Place for the campaign.

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3) Seventh Intergenerational Justice Award 2013/2014 and its topic "Youth Movements for intergenerational justice"

03_03_14_jugendbewegungenAs of now starts the call for papers by the SRzG in corporation with the Intergenerational Foundation (IF) for the seventh Intergenerational Justice Award. The topic is "Youth Movements for Intergenerational Justice". The award is instigated by the Foundation Apfelbaum an endowed with €10,000.

More information on the call of papers.

You can ask for the bidding documents via Email. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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4) Discussion on the voting age in the UK

04_03_14_voting_ageThe right to vote has been granted to 16-year-olds in the Scottish independence referendum, which will take place on September 18th. Even though this not unlikely done under the regard that both sides expect to derive advantages from it, this is to be appreciated.

The British Youth Council is now lobbying for lowering the voting age down to 16 in the UK more than before, making it a subject in Westminster again. Encouraged by the Scottish, young supporters demonstrate in front of parliament regularly and numerously. They are politically supported by Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

More information: 1 & 2 

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5) Rising inequality among employees in England

05_03_14England also faces a growing gap between wages of younger and older workers. While older employees used to earn 1.7 times more than younger in 1997, this ratio rose to 2.6 times more in 2014. If this is depicted in real income, 18-21-year-olds now earn 19% less than before, while over-50-years-olds earn 25% more. Furthermore, increased cost of living puts pressure on the spending capacity of young people: they have to spend about 45% on essentials like rent, food and fuel. At the same time, youth unemployment is rising. This is something that should worry policy-makers.

More information can be found here.

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6) The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the risks for our food

06_03_14The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is more and more becoming a discussion on how food ought to be manipulated in the EU. While American standards are more based on allowing food until possible risks are known, European are more precautious and tend to prohibit foods until its harmlessness was proofed.

Still, this does not explain, why genetically and hormonal modified food, which was proofed harmful and cancer-causing for human beings is now discussed to be allowed in Europe.

However, a strong countermovement seems to develop in the member states of the EU, lead by agricultural spokesmen. Furthermore, he debate will without much doubt have a great impact on European Elections in May. 

More information: 1 & 2

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7) FRFG part of the Workshop "Future Challenges of Families in Europe" in Tallinn

07_03_14_tallinnThe SRzG- Ambassador Yvonne Eich represented the foundation at the workshop "Future Challenges and families in Europe" on January 8th, 2014 in Tallinn. This took place in the course of the first consortium-meeting of the cross-national EU- research project "Changing families and sustainable generations: Policy contexts and diversity over the life course and across generations" and was lead by the Vienna Institute of Demography. Together with 25 participants, Yvonne Eich argued, which factors are major for a harmonic atmosphere for coming generations in the family. It was also focussing on the needs of coming generations. This is why all members shared the opinion that there have to be rising considerations and measures to tackle youth unemployment and that young people have to have more access to political power. Intergenerational justice in regard to public spendings was also a topic. The campaign "We want to vote!" for suffrage without age restrictions, currently organized by the SRzG, was supported by many of the participants.

The results of the Workshop are published at the beginning of march on the project-website www.familiesandsocieties.eu. They are the fundament for the working project "Foresight and Future Impact", which aims to develop innovative recommendations for political action with the help of future research methods. Taking part in the project are 25 research partner from 15 countries as well as stakeholders from European organizations, foundations and ministries working with family politics.

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8) Voting Age in Norway

08_03_13_norwayLowering of the voting age is a debate high on the agenda in several European countries during the recent years. Norway is no exception. In the 2011 municipality election, a voting age trial was conducted, where the voting age was lowered to 16. More information here.

The results can be summed up, referring to four groups of arguments; the democracy arguments, the political maturity arguments, the legal arguments and the constitutional arguments.

In respect of the democracy argument, it is too early to decide whether the trial improved the quality of Norwegian democracy. However, the findings indicate that the level of political engagement among adolescents in the relevant municipalities slightly increased, and that 16-and 17-year-olds had a higher turn our rates than voters between 18 and 21. Regarding the political maturity argument, the report states that those over the age of 18 are significantly more political mature than those under 18. Concerning the two last groups of arguments, the legal arguments and constitutional arguments the conclusions are that there are no formal barriers (national or international) preventing Norwegian politicians too lower the voting age, neither are there any legal regulations (national or international) that demand such reforms. As for constitutional reforms, the voting age might be lowered without having consequences for the eligibility age (18) or the age of majority (18), even though this will violate the principle of harmonization. If the voting age is to be lowered in local elections only, this demands amendments in the electoral law. If the voting age is to be lowered in both local and national elections, both the electoral law and the constitution must be amended.

Summed up, the report lends support to both actors who support and actors who oppose lowering the voting age in Norway from 18 to 16. Norwegians politicians are free to lower the voting age, if they want to. Thus, it remains a highly political question.

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All newsletters are available on our homepage: www.intergenerationaljustice.org > Press > Newsletter

If you want to unsubscribe this newsletter, please send an e-mail to
kontakt(at)srzg.de or unsubscribe directly on our homepage.
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Please feel free to contact us with any feedback concerning our newsletter.

With best regards,
The Editors

Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations
(Stiftung fuer die Rechte zukuenftiger Generationen)
Mannsperger Str. 29
D-70619 Stuttgart

Tel: +49-(0) 711 – 28 05 27 77
Fax: +49-(0) 3212 – 28 05 27 7
E-Mail: kontakt(at)srzg.de
Homepage: www.intergenerationaljustice.org & www.srzg.de

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Board:
Bernhard Winkler
Dr. Bettina Munimus
Wolfgang Gründinger
Adrian Schell (head of board)

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Office Manager:
Igor Dimitrijoski

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Copyright (c) 2014 FRFG