How can we achieve Future Justice?
In order to achieve Future Justice, to leave our descendants with a world worth inheriting, we need laws, policies and behaviour that are built around this vision and help us to actively live and develop it.
We can change our culture, our rules, our behaviour. This is no small task – it is a paradigm shift. And we have to work on all levels of relationships and of social organisation.
Changing policies and laws alone will not bring about Future Justice. Legislation is an effective way to change societies, but a law will not work well if few people believe it to be reasonable or just. And policies can be ignored if those responsible for putting them into practice do not think it worth ensuring they are followed.
Foundations of Future Justice
Looking at the state of our world today, achieving Future Justice perhaps seems idealistic, or beyond our abilities. But history is filled with many examples of fundamental change. Slavery used to be an accepted part of our societies and economies. A combination of resistance, laws and economic factors helped to make it the crime that it is today.
We are not starting from nowhere. The values we need to help us improve our thoughts and actions are found in many international agreements. When recognizing the importance of fundamental needs, freedoms, rights and aspirations for fulfilled life on our Earth, the global community shows a lot of common and inspiring ground. Here are some examples:
These international instruments are also recognized at government level in countless national constitutions. But too often the agreed values and goals are over-ridden in practice.
We cannot continue to ignore ecological laws of our planet or fundamental rights and freedoms of all citizens if we want to secure life and peace now and in the future. We can update our economic thinking so it respects people and the planet.
These Future Justice pages are the result of great teamwork. World Future Council staff would like to thank the following persons for their contracted or in kind contributions:
Peter Roderick, Helene Thor, Niamh McMahon, Emily Diamand, Anja Rohde and Kai Dohse.
"We need morally justified, globally acceptable, and universally respected common rules of play for the way people live together, which emphasize cooperation instead of confrontation, and undermine the anxieties created by the accelerating changes in our surroundings and the constantly growing potentials for violence, as well as the security obsessions resulting from them."
WFC Councillor Hans Peter Dürr
...is about thinking and acting differently, based on respect, dignity and mutual trust
…considers not just what is happening now, but the effects of our actions in the years, decades and centuries to come
… is a means of creating new rules for how we live and work, pass laws and run countries
…is the giving of rights to the poorest, the weakest, the ignored, to the planet and to the other living creatures we share it with
…is a protection for all the people yet to be born, whose lives we are blighting before they have even started