Why do we need Future Justice?
We need Future Justice because we need to change our relationships - with ourselves, with each other and with our Earth. The world is warming dangerously. A quarter of our mammals face a high risk of extinction in the near future. Forest destruction continues at the rate of 13 million hectares a year, an area equivalent to one half of the UK. Over 75% of the world’s fish stocks are either fully or over exploited, as large industrial vessels bottom trawling in deeper waters cause severe long-term damage. We know the natural world is suffering from our misguided actions.
We need Future Justice because we need to overcome the obscene inequity between people. Over one billion people live on less than US $1 a day. 10 million die every year of hunger and hunger-related diseases. Over one billion still lack access to safe drinking water. US $89 billion was the estimated need of low-income countries in 2008 to meet the Millennium Development Goals that would help end this unacceptable state of affairs – while world military expenditure was US $1,339 billion in 2007. The gap between rich and poor widens further, including within rich countries, whilst US taxpayer assistance to the American International Group Inc alone is reported to have reached US $170bn in six months. We know the human world is suffering from our misguided actions.
Why does humanity seem to tolerate inequity, catastrophe and crisis with its eyes wide open?
Governments and businesses are not thoughtless machines working to create environmental problems and human unhappiness. They are collections of thinking and feeling people. Many are trying to do their best or simply make a living. Unfortunately, too often they are encouraged to act in particular ways by the culture they live and work within, and they are guided by laws and policies that direct and limit their actions.
Putting Future Justice into place means tackling head-on our culture, policies and laws. This agenda seeks to help us act in ways that recognise the integrity, value and dignity of all human beings, the earth, and all its life.
"Yes moko, just like the sea which has to move its tides
so we can collect Kaimoana at certain times.
Rules give harmony to our lives
so we live with
Working in harmony with others, ae moko, it’s nature’s
act of saying,
Let us make music all together
if not in reality — then make it your dream."
WFC Councillor Pauline Tangiora
...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
…is about what we do now. Our actions today will determine the conditions of life for centuries to come