16 November — We are excited to announce that today is the first worldwide Intergenerational Fairness Day and exciting things are coming your way! Go to your favourite podcasting platform and listen to the first episode of the Intergenerational Fairness Day Podcast – Introducing Intergenerational Fairness: A Global Movement. Next to the Podcast, the organisations have also collaborated on a worldwide blog week, which the Intergenerational Foundation has coordinated and will host in the week following 16 November on their website. There are around 15 articles to look out for, which will be shared over the course of the week, including an article by the FRFG, on the topic of intergenerational fairness.
On a more national level, our partner organisations also have exciting things planned for this year’s Intergenerational Fairness Day, that you should look out for. The Next Generation Fellows have created an Instagram/X campaign, with inspirational videos and quotes, contributed by young people from the Global South, on why intergenerational fairness matters, which can be found @OurFutureAgenda. The Partnership for Future Generations in Africa will send letters to African heads of state to demand more intergenerational fairness in government decision-making.
The Berkeley Institute for Young Americans will also launch a social media campaign in collaboration with the @intergenerationalfairnessday Instagram account and the other organisations. They also plan to write an Op-ed for a US news outlet.Generation Squeeze from Canada have been active about the day on their website, but they are also planning some local activities. They are hosting a media event at the national press theatre on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on the 16th, are planning to attend several meetings with federal politicians over the week and their community network is calling for a national Generational Fairness Task Force. Think Forward in Australia will be meeting with politicans in Canberra on 14 November and youth peak groups on 15 November, while also launching a report on young people’s perspectives on tax reform, highlighting intergenerational fairness on 16 November.
To find out more about the organisations just find the links at the bottom of the page and keep an eye out on their social media! Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @intergenerationalfairnessday!
On 16 November 2023, the Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations, along with eight other organisations from England, the USA, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, Japan, Nigeria, and a UN Foundation initiative, will proclaim the “Intergenerational Fairness Day.” On that day, the FRFG has planned to release the “Intergenerational Fairness Day Podcast.” This podcast will feature discussions with FRFG project manager, Lena Winzer, and partner organisations on topics related to intergenerational fairness. The trailer and the first episode of the podcast, titled “Introducing Intergenerational Fairness: A Global Movement,” will introduce the day and the participating organisations. The subsequent episodes will be released monthly, and in Season 2, Lena will invite partner organisations to discuss specific topics related to intergenerational fairness, their activities, and their visions for these issues in more detail. You can join the conversation on 16 November by listening to the podcast here and by following the Instagram account @intergenerationalfairnessday.
A worldwide day of action has been proclaimed by an international network of non-partisan organisations that exist to protect the rights of younger and future generations.
16 November 2023 will see organisations from the Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Nigeria, Australia, and a UN Foundation Initiative, come together to call for greater intergenerational fairness so that the interests of younger and future generations are better protected both nationally and internationally.
Accelerating global warming, escalating (nuclear) arms races, the loss of biodiversity, unaligned artificial intelligence, and human-made pandemics are just some of the new risks experienced by today’s youth and future generations that lack adequate government intervention.
Within existing public policy, rapidly growing national debts, the cost-of-living crisis, high housing costs, and eroding pensions, are some of the policy areas where young people are losing out.
In a nutshell, in too many areas of life, society is acting at the expense of young people and future generations. A joint and intensive effort to secure the existence of humanity beyond the next decades is required.
The organisers argue that many of these problems are not just national, but global. While the specific context may differ from country to country, the general trend is that governments worldwide focus on solving short-term problems with little regard to long-term sustainability, whether it be natural resources, government spending or investment in the futures of younger and future generations.
Intergenerational Fairness Day wants to encourage people to think about this essential topic and to draw attention to its importance. Government decision-makers must be reminded of their responsibility towards future generations and work together to create a future that is fair and sustainable for all generations.
Intergenerational Foundation: https://www.if.org.uk
Berkeley Institute for Young Americans: https://youngamericans.berkeley.edu
Generation Squeeze: https://www.gensqueeze.ca
Think Forward: https://www.thinkforward.org.au
Partnership for Future Generations in Africa: https://ourfutureagenda.org/2023/02/partnership-for-future-generations-in-africa/#:~:text=Partnering%20for%20future%20generations%20requires,as%20trustees%20for%20future%20generations
Next Generation Fellows: https://ourfutureagenda.org/nextgenerationfellows/
Future Design: https://www.ri-futuredesign.com