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FOR THE RIGHTS
OF FUTURE
GENERATIONS

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Introduction PDF Print E-mail

Our society is living at the expense of its children. The progressing destruction of the environment is evidenced by the depletion of the ozone layer and the greenhouse effect, nuclear waste, extinction of species, desolation of the soil, overfishing, and desforestation of the rain forest. Many of these developments are exacerbated by population growth and a lack of coherent global governance. Moreover, rapidly growing national debts spoil the prospects of future generations.

Today's politics violate the basic principle of intergenerational justice because their consequences remove the heritage that will enable future generations to shape their life according to their own wishes and conceptions. They prevent future generations from accessing the same opportunities that we enjoy and depend on today. In this vein, sustainable development is an important component of generational justice, with the Brundtland commission defining it as “development that satisfies present needs without risking that future generations cannot satisfy their own needs”. Hans Jonas, a prominent advocate of future ethics, formulated a new ethic of responsibility as early as 1979, advising us to: “Act in a way that makes sure your actions are consistent with the permanence of genuine human life on earth”. The mission of the FRFG incorporates these various aspects of generational justice, advocating the belief that the behavior of the people living today must allow for succeeding generations to be also capable to act with equal or improved capacity.

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Awarding of the Theodor-Heuss-medal to the FRFG