The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Future Generations
The APPG aims to create space for cross-party dialogue on combating short-termism and to identify ways to internalise concern for future generations into today’s policy making.
It is vitally important for our children’s children (and beyond) that Parliament and the public sector consider the long-term. Political short-termism can cause topics with widespread ramifications for the UK and beyond – like climate change, public health trends and catastrophic and existential risks – to be neglected from the political agenda in favour of urgent matters. In the modern world, with a rapidly accelerating rate of technological change, this is becoming ever more of a crucial issue.
Other countries have begun to address political short-termism – e.g. the Finnish Committee on Future Generations, the Singaporean Centre for Strategic Futures, the Welsh Commissioner for Future Generations – but there is no such body in Westminster.
The Work of APPG
The APPG for Future Generations: It was set up in October 2017 with support from the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk since then it has provided support to Parliamentarians across the political spectrum and held a series of events on Managing Technological Risk.
The APPG supports Parliamentarians through:
Speaker events and discussion roundtables. We bring together policy, academic and industry communities to share cutting-edge research and discuss policy approaches to representing future generations. See our past and future events here.
Research and Briefings. We collate briefings on scientific research to better inform Parliamentarians on catastrophic risks and potential policy options. In 2020 we are running an Inquiry into long-termism in policy making. See more about our research here.
Network Building. We identify key partners and build a strategic network of parliamentarians, academics, industry stakeholders and other APPGs. We are currently supporting The Lord Bird on a Future Generations Pledge campaign.