Realistic solutions require holistic perspectives

We often hear in the news that climate change is going to lead to complete ecological breakdown if we do not take action fast. In his first blog for IF, Alec Haglund, our new economic researcher, argues that the many other social issues affecting younger and future generations can be solved in ways that can… Read more »

A year in research: our 2021 recap

The end of 2021 marked the 10th anniversary of the founding of IF, a milestone that we marked with a report looking at how the welfare of younger generations has changed over the past decade. IF published three other research reports this year on growing housing inequality, age bias in government spending and the discount… Read more »

Looking back at IF’s 2021

As the year draws to a close, IF Co-Founder Liz Emerson explains what research, campaigning the Intergenerational Foundation has been working on throughout 2021, and what to look out for in 2022. What has IF done in 2021? IF has responded to 19 government consultation enquiries calling for a more equitable settlement for younger generations… Read more »

A year in review for intergenerational fairness

2021, it seems, will end the same way as it started, with COVID-19 putting the nation on hold, but it is the young who have suffered the most as intergenerational unfairness deepens, writes Liz Emerson, IF Co-founder, in this end-of-year review.  COVID-19 From Delta to Omicron, COVID-19 has delivered a rollercoaster of a year as… Read more »

Ageism through the ages and the wellbeing of future generations

The United Nations Decade of Healthy Ageing recently launched a campaign aimed at raising awareness of problems of ageism. IF Student Intern, Hanna Burt, considers the suggestions made, and discusses how they could be put into practice in the UK. Global Report on Ageism The United Nations has for the first time expanded the definition… Read more »

The social care cap and the intergenerational contract

On 7 September 2021, the government announced reforms to the social care system in order to provide more support to people with fewer financial resources. A recent announcement on 17 November 2021 casts doubt on whether these reforms will be worth the costs borne by younger generations. John Hobby, IF researcher, investigates whether this is… Read more »

COP26 blog series: summing up

Over the last two weeks, the Intergenerational Foundation has published a series of blogs connected by demands of, or reflections on, the COP26 UN Climate conference, and the issues raised by its announcements. In this blog, IF’s Digital Campaigns Officer Liam Hill sums up the different authors’ contributions to our blog series. The most vital… Read more »

COP26: Global governance vs. individual action. Who is responsible for climate change?

As awareness of the damaging impact of climate change increases, there is a growing agreement that our current ways of life are unsustainable, and to tackle climate change we will need collective behavioural change on a global scale. However, the question is whether this change should come from government policy or from individuals voluntarily changing… Read more »

COP26: how youth voice can generate sustainable public policy in a time of crisis

Professor of Politics at Royal Holloway James Sloam argues that the failure to encourage youth participation in the policy-making process marks a key failure of both COP26 and public policy in general. It has failed younger generations, and led to reactive and unsustainable policy towards climate change and a whole host of related issues. Youth… Read more »

COP26: Degrowth as a solution to the climate crisis

John Hobby, IF Researcher, looks at why GDP is an imperfect measure of human wellbeing and how changing how we think about growth could help us improve global living standards while reducing environmental degradation. Green Growth has become the established theoretical and policy response to tackling climate change and ecological breakdown, with talk of a… Read more »