November 16, 2023 marked the first worldwide day of action on intergenerational fairness.
Voices from Canada, US, Germany, UK, Netherlands, Japan, Nigeria, Australia and from United Nations Foundation Next Generation Fellows called on governments to act urgently to reverse the deteriorating wellbeing of younger and future generations.
International partners agree that governments “focus on solving short-term problems with little regard to long-term sustainability, whether it be natural resources, government spending or investment in the futures of younger and future generations.” These actions violate the intergenerational golden rule to treat other generations as you want your own to be treated.
To mark the occasion, Gen Squeeze doubled down on calling Ottawa to create a federal Task Force on Generational Fairness. The Task Force will clean up past policy messes that prevent hard work from paying off today the way it did for previous generations, leaving younger people struggling to afford housing, raise families, and cope with extreme weather. It will also make sure new policies support people of all ages to thrive, today and for generations to come. We hope you’ll lend your voice to our growing choir of supporters.
News Roundup from Intergenerational Fairness Day
- Max Fawcett for Canada's National Observer: Young people are still getting screwed
- CFRA radio Vassy Kapelos Show: "What is International Intergenerational Fairness Day?"
Intergenerational Foundation (UK) blog series:
- Welcome to Intergenerational Fairness Day
- Why the far future matters - a view from the Netherlands
- No "fair go" for younger Australians
- Aissa's journey to climate activism in the USA
- A hard truth for Canada: policy chickens have come home to roost
- View on IFD from Germany
- Thinking about future generations in Wales: busting the myths
- Support for IFD from the Berkeley Institute for Young Americans
- Championing the Future: The role of the United Nations in protecting the interests of future generations
CPAC: Non-profit group calls for intergenerational fairness