Crimes against Future Generations need to become taboo

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World Future Council meets international law community

Montreal/Hamburg, 29. Mai 2009. How can we prevent and prosecute activities today that severely threaten the living conditions and health of those living in the future? This was the theme at the symposium of 120 international law experts in Montréal on May 28-29, where the World Future Council (WFC) presented its pioneering work on Crimes against Future Generations for discussion.
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World Future Council: Parliamentary hearings for new corporate charter legislation

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Hamburg, 31.03.09. The World Future Council promotes a radical shift in national and international economics far beyond the proposals to be expected from the G20 meetings currently being held in London. As part of this effort, the WFC will prepare parliamentary hearings for new corporate charter legislation in co-operation with key business, labour and civil society organisations. The new
legislation would force corporations to take responsibility for the environmental and social damage they cause. In addition, it will increase accountability of the board and limit the compensation range between the highest and lowest paid employees to a ratio of 25:1. “No company’s success depends on the CEO alone”, said WFC founder Jakob von Uexküll at the close of a meeting of the organisation’s Councillors and high level international economics experts on March 27th – 31st in Egypt.

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World Future Council welcomes Founding of International Renewable Energy Agency: IRENA will speed up Global Implementation of Renewables

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Hamburg, 26.01.09: “The World Future Council (WFC) has actively supported the creation of IRENA since the WFC was founded in 2007,” says Bianca Jagger, chair of the WFC. As an ardent supporter of IRENA, the German government had invited Ms Jagger to give a keynote speech at the preparatory meeting in April 2008. She is also present at the two-day founding conference in Bonn, Germany, starting today. “IRENA will constitute an independent driving force behind renewable energy and help to create a level playing field for the development of renewables in the Global South,” she said.
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World Future Council: Global 100% Renewable Energy Pact Possible and Urgent

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Abu Dhabi, January 21: “The common aim of worldwide energy policies has to be a complete switch to renewables,” said World Future Council Director of Programmes Prof. Herbert Girardet in his keynote speech at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi today.
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World Future Council: All Hype and no Substance in Poznan

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WFC Chair Bianca Jagger calls for regular Heads-of-State Climate Crisis Meetings to ensure a sound Agreement in Copenhagen next Year

Poznan, December 12: “The Climate Conference in Poznan was all hype and no substance,” Bianca Jagger, Chair of the World Future Council, said  today in Poznan, Poland. “The EU has dramatically weakened its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This conference could have made history, but instead ended up as a festival of ‘lip service’,” she added. The World Future Council calls upon the UN Climate Secretariat to set up a series of heads-of-state meetings in the run-up to Copenhagen to ensure that a ‘Kyoto Plus’ agreement will take adequate measures to deal with the climate crisis facing humanity.
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European Legislators Meet for Hearing in Poznan

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Poznan, 12th December: Legislators from Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Greece, Germany and Italy will join colleagues from Poland this weekend for a World Future Council (WFC) and e-Parliament co-sponsored hearing on renewable energy at the Polish Academy of Sciences near Poznan.
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World Future Council Chair Bianca Jagger warns that a weak EU climate package will get the Poznan Climate negotiations on the wrong track

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WFC Chair Bianca Jagger calls for regular Heads-of-State Climate Crisis Meetings to ensure a sound Agreement in Copenhagen next Year

Poznan, 11th December 2008: The World Future Council today warned that a weak climate package from the EU could undermine any progress at the UN climate change conference in Poznan, Poland. While climate scientists are sounding urgent alarms, warning about the imminent threat of climate chaos, Germany and Poland are working on the outdated assumption that significant climate protection measures would mean job losses.
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World Future Council announces opening of EU Office – Appeal to EU to protect renewable energy investments during December EU Summit

Hamburg, 27 November: “Renewable energy with its huge job and business potential can help to turn the financial and climate crisis into an opportunity,” says the founder of the World Future Council (WFC) Jakob von Uexkull four days before the opening of the WFC EU Office in Brussels. “The planned EU Directive for the Promotion of Renewable Energies provides a safe investment environment until 2020. If the Directive is open for debate again in 2014, as some member states demand, that would be detrimental to the growth of the only alternative to fossil fuel dependency in Europe.”
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UN Climate Conference in Poland: World Future Council calls for a ‘Poznan Action Plan’

Hamburg, 27th November: The World Future Council (WFC) today called on politicians participating in next week’s UN climate conference in Poznan, Poland, to agree a ‘Poznan Action Plan.’ The Hamburg based non-profit organisation states that the accelerated melting of sea ice and glaciers across the world, due to rapidly increasing global greenhouse gas concentration, demands unprecedented action. The WFC is asking conference participants to agree urgent new measures:
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World Future Council protests against arrest of Thai Councillor Sulak Sivaraksa

Hamburg, November 17, 2008: “We sharply denounce the arrest of our Councillor Sulak Sivaraksa”, World Future Council (WFC) founder Jakob von Uexkuell said today in Hamburg. “Sulak Sivaraksa is one of Thailand’s most respected spiritual leaders. Arresting him on account of lese majesty is just another attempt to silence an inconvenient thinker and social critic.”
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