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McKinnon: Issues in Political Theory 2e

Chapter 14

Declaration on the Responsibilities of the Present Generations Towards Future Generations
Text of the Declaration, adopted by UNECSO in 1997, which holds present generations responsible for protecting future generations’ interests in, among other things, peace, a clean environment, and cultural heritage.

Forum for the Future
A UK think tank addressing issues related to sustainable development.

Future of Humanity Institute
An institute at the University of Oxford that examines the ‘big-picture questions for human civilization’, including those relating to technological change, genetic enhancement, and global catastrophic risks.  Site includes multimedia section, and links to the text of many research articles and reports.

The Intergenerational Foundation
Website of a British think tank which claims that UK policy-making is unfairly slanted in favour of the interests of older generations, and against those of younger and future generations.

Intergenerational Justice: What do we owe to Future Generations?
Webcasts of a seminar series held at Oxford University in Spring 2011.  Includes contributions from three political theorists: Simon Caney, Henry Shue, and John O’Neill.

National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America
Website of a group which campaigns for reparations for the slave trade.

Nuffield Council on Bioethics
An independent body that examines ethical questions arising from advances in medical and biological research and technology, including many with especially significant potential impact on future generations.  Includes downloadable reports. 

Robbing our own Future? Intergenerational Justice Under the Microscope
Streamed audio of a panel discussion, held at the British Academy in March 2010, on British Conservative MP David Willetts’ book The Pinch: How the Baby Boomers Took Their Children’s Future – And Why They Should Give it Back.  Speakers include Willetts himself, and political philosopher Jonathan Wolff.

Should This be the Last Generation?
On the New York Times website, philosopher Peter Singer asks whether there might be an ethical case for phasing out human life on earth altogether.

UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Official website of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, which ‘seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.’