The strains of lockdown on young people

A personal blog on how #lockdown is affecting younger family members, by an IF supporter – who wishes to remain anonymous so as not to embarrass her kids!

Climate activism – is there any point to it?

Most protests fail to trigger substantial change in policy. What makes the recent wave in climate activism, which many young people have passionately participated in, any different? Mattias Nilsson, a MSc Economics Graduate from University College London, explains why the current climate change movement has captured the interest of the general public, businesses and politicians… Read more »

We Want to Fight Climate Change With You, Not Against You

Young climate activists have been accused of antagonising older generations, shifting the blame onto them rather than taking their own responsibility seriously. Charlotte Unruh, an Ambassador for the Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations, argues that such accusations are based on a misunderstanding of young people’s motivation and intentions

The Future Generations Bill: a new landmark in intergenerational justice

On Monday 21 October, Green Party peer Baroness Jenny Jones introduced Lord Bird’s Future Generations Bill in the House of Lords. With the bill seeking to revolutionise policy thinking by encouraging policy makers to incorporate the implications for future generations as well as current ones, IF placement Cameron Leitch explores what impact this bill could have… Read more »

What happens if we do nothing about young people’s mental health?

MENTAL HEALTH BLOG WEEK. A growing concern about young people’s mental health prompted this question. Sophie Corlett, Director of External Relations at the mental health charity Mind, responds, and signals that much yet needs to be done

Mental health care for the young: growing need, inadequate provision

MENTAL HEALTH BLOG WEEK. The recently published NHS Long Term Plan includes new provisions for addressing the inadequacies of mental health care for young people. Helen Hayes, Labour MP for Dulwich and West Norwood in London, explains why – while welcome – this is clearly not enough

Generational inequity in the USA: state and local government

Brooklyn resident Larry Littlefield writes a blog called “Saying the Unsaid in New York: Public Policy in New York City and State”. As a 57-year-old married father of two, intergenerational inequity is a particular concern: here he describes the extent to which the Millennials’ future has been sold out by spending policies at the state… Read more »

Brexit Wrexit? Young Brits’ opinions on Brexit and their futures

Emily Ford, a student at King’s College London, is currently working for our sister organisation in Germany, the Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations. She voted Remain in the Referendum, and follows the developments about Brexit carefully, all the while hoping for a measured and sustainable solution. Here she summarises the main arguments and… Read more »

Knife crime and government cuts to youth services

Knife crime cannot be written off a merely a symptom of gang culture, writes Sylvie Markes: it reflects a deeper and broader societal malaise which austerity cuts have exacerbated. But government policy can make a difference