How is the climate crisis being tackled in UK courts?

The success of the landmark climate lawsuit against fossil fuel company Shell serves as a reminder that companies and governments can be held accountable for their failure to protect the environment. IF senior researcher Melissa Bui outlines a number of ongoing climate lawsuits that are bringing forward similar legal challenges upon the government and key… Read more »

Young will suffer from local spending cuts

The National Audit Office has published a report on initial learning from the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Angus Hanton, IF Co-founder, examines the findings and concludes that, without the implementation of intergenerational fairness impact assessments, it will be younger generations who will lose out in public sector spending decisions while having to pick… Read more »

Mental Health Awareness Week: younger generations need greater access to nature

In keeping with this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week theme, which focuses on the importance of nature to mental health, IF senior researcher Melissa Bui explains how improving access to quality housing with outdoor spaces is a key step towards ensuring an equitable distribution of nature, and all of its mental health benefits, across the… Read more »

Spring 2021 Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is now available below. You can also subscribe to receive a regular update by providing your details at the bottom of the page. This edition calls for a new settlement for younger and future generations for all they have sacrificed economically and emotionally over the past year in order to protect the… Read more »

German government ordered to protect future generations

Germany’s highest court has ordered its government to revise its climate change legislation by the end of the year, ruling that current targets do not sufficiently protect the rights of future generations. IF senior researcher, Melissa Bui, explains the importance of framing intergenerational fairness as a rights issue and urges other high courts to follow… Read more »

Earth Day 2021: Time to restore our earth

April 22 is Earth Day and the theme for this year’s event is “Restore Our Earth”. IF senior researcher, Melissa Bui, discusses the need for long-termism in policy-making in order to be able to shift our approach towards restorative strategies rather than mitigation or adaptation.