“Guardians of Future Generations”
“Guardians of Future Generations”
Tues 20th March 2012
Assembly House, Norwich
18:00 – 19:30
Ross Jackson (author, Occupy World Street )
& Rupert Read (author, “Guardians of the Future”)
discuss radical ideas for protecting the interests of future generations.
The costs of decisions we make today will be borne by future generations; the issue of intergenerational justice is at the heart of the need to act on climate change. So how might the world be different if the interests and basic needs of future generations were given legal protection?
Earlier this year, Rupert Read, a philosopher at the University of East Anglia and founder of the new Green House Think Tank, launched a proposal called Guardians of the Future at the House of Commons: A council of “Guardians of Future Generations”, chosen like a jury from the general public, would sit above the existing law-making bodies and have two core powers. A power to veto legislation that threatened the basic needs and interests of future people and the power to force a review, following suitable public petition, of any existing legislation that threatens the interests of future people.
In his forthcoming book, Occupy World Street, Ross Jackson, proposes a similar, but elected, institution as one of many specific political and economic reforms that could make it possible to address climate change and protect future generations: A council of ‘wise elders’ would be elected ─ one from each major region of the world ─ to exercise just one power, and that to be used sparingly, the power to veto or void any resolution passed by lower powers whenever they feel things are moving in the wrong direction for the whole of humanity.
Damian Carrington, covering the launch of Rupert Read’s proposal in the Guardian, wrote:
“The idea of Guardians of Future Generations joins a number of radical ideas which are starting to make small but real impacts in the world. Hungary appointed an Ombudsman for Future Generations in 2008. The concept of the crime of ecocide is being considered by the UN. And Bolivia has passed laws giving nature equal rights to those of humans.”
Come along to hear Ross and Rupert discuss their ideas, and to join in the public debate that follows. Please RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the speakers
Ross Jackson cofounded Simcorp, which is today a leading global financial software company and listed on the NASDAQ OMX Nordic Exchange. In 1988, he founded the first international hedge fund dealing exclusively with interbank currency trading, which has funded his charitable work. He is chairman of Gaia Trust, a charity he cofounded in 1987, which supports hundreds of sustainability projects around the world, including the fast-growing eco-village movement. His undergraduate degree was in engineering physics in Canada, followed by a master’s degree in industrial management and a PhD in operations research, the science of problem solving.
Visit www.greenbooks.co.uk/ows for more information, or read the press release online: Is Ross Jackson’s breakaway strategy the the long awaited blueprint for ‘the 99 percent’?
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Advance praise for Occupy World Street:
“Ross Jackson’s proposal for a post-collapse strategy is the first plausible, constructive scenario I have seen. An excellent text. Even amazing.”
– DENNIS MEADOWS, author, The Limits to Growth
“A masterpiece that deserves wide circulation and commitment by world leaders.”
– MAURICE STRONG, Secretary General of the UN Earth Summit, Rio, 1992
Dr Rupert Read is Reader in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where he specialises increasingly in political and environmental philosophy. He is also a columnist on the weekly (each Saturday) One World Column.
His publications include Philosophy for Life: Applying Philosophy in Politics and Culture. He was a Green Party Councillor from 2004-2011, and helped write the first draft of the Green 2009 Euro-election manifesto. He blogs on environmental reframing at Green Words Workshop.