“The present generations have the responsibility of ensuring that the needs and interests of present and future generations are fully safeguarded.” United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO),1997.
“But we won’t be able to fix the problem if we don’t recognise it. Our young do. They perceive the absence of intergenerational justice, and they are right to be angry. ” Joseph E Stiglitz
He is the recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2001 and is a professor at Columbia University, co-chair of an Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress at the OECD, and chief economist of the Roosevelt Institute.
“Inter-generational Fairness: This is not just about including young people in driving future change, but also recognizing that they have significantly impaired financial prospects compared to their elders. There needs to be new political settlements around inheritance, tax, pensions and state provision of care” the 2015 Ariadne Forecast for European Social Change and Human Rights Funders.
“Everybody under 40 has got some kind of housing problem. They’re paying too much for their mortgage, they’re paying too much for their rent, they’re in trouble one way or the other.” Lord Best, Somewhere to Live, BBC1, 9 March 2015
“Governing institutions have been suborned by vested interests obsessed with short-term gain rather than long-term sustainability.” Al Gore, 45th US Vice President, in his book The Future
“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Native American proverb (various sources)
“Intergenerational justice, intergenerational fairness and equality is going to be the issue of the next 10 or 15 years. Is this generation, my generation, going to do right by the younger generation?” Ed Miliband, January 2012
“As a species, our brains have just not evolved to deal with threats whose effects will be felt in what, for us, counts as the remote future. We respond to them by ignoring them.” Daniel Kahneman, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, Nobel Laureate in Economics
“A politician thinks about the next elections — the statesman thinks about the next generations.” James Freeman Clarke (1810–88), American theologian and author