More than almost any other policy area, environmental and climate policy influences the opportunities of young and future generations. In an environmental context, intergenerational justice includes the transmission of a fair ecological heritage, an intact environment, to future generations: The preservation of biodiversity, the responsible use of natural resources, the solution to the problem of nuclear waste disposal, the reduction of greenhouse gases and the containment of climate change.
On the other hand, a short-sighted environmental and climate policy can exacerbate the effects of climate change — e.g. extreme weather phenomena, rising sea levels — and threaten livelihoods.
FRFG wants the present generation to take the people who live on earth after us into account when making political decisions. That is why FRFG are committed to a responsible climate and environmental policy both nationally and internationally. The FRFG is accredited by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations and has sent young delegates to the annual UN World Climate Conferences since 2008. In negotiations with diplomats, in lectures, discussions, in the context of so-called side events and with protest actions, the FRFG delegates successfully stand up for the rights of future generations: They helped ensure that intergenerational justice was enshrined in the Paris Climate Treaty. And a protest action involving FRFG delegates became part of the award-winning Canadian documentary ‘The Revolution’.
European Young Leader Congress 2000 Resolution “The Future is Ours”