INTER-GENERATIONAL JUSTICE IN GREEN ECONOMY Suresh Raj ChaliseAsia-Pacific Graduates’ Youth Forum on Green EconomyKathmandu, 25-29 September, 2012
Intergenerational Justice• Ensuring the rights of, and Equity for, Future Generations• Intergenerational equity in economic, psychological, and sociological contexts, is the concept or idea of fairness or justice in relationships between children, youth, adults and seniors, particularly in terms of treatment and interactions. It has been studied in environmental and sociological settings.• (Wikipedia: ^ Foot, D. & Venne, R. (2005) "Awakening to the Intergenerational Equity• Debate in Canada." Journal of Canadian Studies.)
Intergenerational Justice (contd.)• Is it fair to leave the next generation a public debt?• Is it .defensible to impose legal rules on them through constitutional constraints?• From combating climate change to ensuring proper funding for future pensions, concerns about ethics between generations are Everywhere.(from Intergenerational Justice Edited by Axel Gosseries and Lukas H. Meyer)
Green EconomyUNEP : One that results in improved human well-being and socialequity, while significantly reducing environmental risks andecological scarcities.In its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of asone which is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.New Paradigm invented for Rio+20Development Paradigm shifts, every 12-15 years:Integrated > Sustainable > Green DevelopmentNo Universally Acceptable Definition as yet : Blind Men andElephant situation.Many consider it would constraint growth in developingcountries, so NOT ACCEPTABLE.