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’.

 

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