For the first time in history, the right of future generations to live on an ecologically intact, biologically varied planet is in danger. The greenhouse effect, for instance, is a byproduct of non-sustainable political environmental action that serves only the current generation.
Our current form of energy production is based on the exploitation of fossil fuels, which on one hand allows for uniquely high standard of living, but on the other forces enormous externalities upon the middle- to long-term future generations. Scientific research has determined that present energy policies of the generation now in power lead to the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which aggravates the natural greenhouse effect and raises temperatures worldwide. We are already experiencing some of these disastrous consequences, for example the creation of refugees, flooding and conflicts.
In addition, intergenerational justice has been a leading argument to protect our natural resources and the Earth’s foundations for life from the beginning of the environmental movement. This is reason enough for the FRFG to work extensively on ecological intergenerational justice. Already in its first youth congress (1997), it supported a new “ecological generational contract” to specify our relationship to nature within a new framework.
Διαβάστε ολόκληρη την άποψη του Γερμανικού Ιδρύματος για τα Δικαιώματα των Μελλοντικών Γενεών (Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations, FRFG) σχετικά με το ζήτημα της διαγενεακής δικαιοσύνης και της προστασίας του περιβάλλοντος.