Letter to Caroline Lucas supporting The Future Generations Bill

Caroline Lucus has co-sponsored the Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill through its initial stages in the House of Commons. The aim of the bill is to enshrine long-term thinking, and the interests of future generations into decision making. Global society is now so interconnected, and technology so powerful, that the consequences of decisions often span far beyond those directly intended. Any given decision may have consequences on the other side of the world, or many years down the line. In this context, responsible decision making requires all these potential consequences be considered. The present lack of consideration of long term and indirect consequences of actions has led to allowing the climate crisis and COVID19 to grow larger than they otherwise might. Decisions need to be made differently if similar harms are to be avoided in the future.


By showing politicians like Ms Lucus that we support such changes we can embolden them in their cause and force others to take notice. So please take a few moments to copy and paste the letter template into an email it Ms Lucus. There is an additional modified template that can be sent to your local MP encouraging them to support the bill as well.



Copy and paste the letter template into your email
Sign your name at the bottom
Send to: caroline.lucas.mp@parliament.uk , and your local MP

Find out who your local MP is, and their contact details by following THIS LINK


Letter Template - Letter to Caroline Lucas


Dear Ms Lucas.


I hope that you are well. I am part of an environmental movement called Louder Than The Storm. We are dedicated to combating the Climate Crisis through educating, inspiring, and empowering people to enact change. We do this specifically through reframing the conversation in positive terms, highlighting the opportunities to take meaningful action, engaging the creative voice, and celebrating the beauty of the earth.


I am writing to you in support of your sponsorship of the “Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill”. The second reading of the bill in the Commons is scheduled for 27th November 2020. This is exactly the kind of legislation needed to address the issue of short term goals leading to long term costs present in so many areas of society. By encouraging longer term outlooks in decision making, this bill encourages key institutions to dramatically increase their contribution to the mitigation of big issues like the climate crisis, and inequality. Future generations rely on us to create a suitable world for them to live in, and it is only by including them in our decisions now that we can ensure that the resources can ensure the benefits provided by the natural world and the institutions of society will be available to them.


Both sustainable development and an expansion of the concept of progress by recognising a wide range of wellbeing objectives are key to making this country, and this world, better places to live for both the current and future generations. Their inclusion as central ideas in the Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill gives it potential to seed a change in ethos of our society that allows all of its members to thrive on this planet in a sustainable way. This new ethos might be well summarised in the Future Generations Principle; “A body should act in a manner which seeks to ensure that the needs of the present are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. A more holistic understanding of the needs of people than society allows for at the present is well captured by the concept of wellbeing which extends beyond mere economic stability and material satisfaction into the things that bring happiness and satisfaction into real peoples lives. No longer should things which people value, such as; community, nature, culture, and leisure, be deprioritised simply because they can not be measured in GDP growth.


The attempts of the bill to incorporate measures that will keep institutions accountable is commendable. However, I feel it is important that simply measuring the level of success of meeting wellbeing objectives is not the only outcome. Institutions must make real changes to their practice in order to ensure that sustainable development is achieved and that wellbeing goals are met. The time for celebrating good intentions has passed, society must see real change so as to provide for all the needs of all the people and those institutions that don't contribute to this effort must be held to account. The legal ramifications for non-compliance set out in the bill must be enforced in a way that ensures that the bill and its purpose is taken seriously.


Thank you for taking the time to read this, again for your work in supporting this bill, and wider work in questioning how to create a better society in which we, and future generations, are all able to thrive into the future.


Best Wishes


[Insert Name Your Name Here]


Letter Template - Letter to your local MP


Dear [Insert MP’s Name].


I hope that you are well. I am part of an environmental movement called Louder Than The Storm. We are dedicated to combating the Climate Crisis through educating, inspiring, and empowering people to enact change. We do this specifically through reframing the conversation in positive terms, highlighting the opportunities to take meaningful action, engaging the creative voice, and celebrating the beauty of the earth.


I am writing to you to ask you to support “Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill”. This is exactly the kind of legislation needed to address the issue of short term goals leading to long term costs present in so many areas of society. By encouraging longer term outlooks in decision making, this bill encourages key institutions to dramatically increase their contribution to the mitigation of big issues like the climate crisis, and inequality. Future generations rely on us to create a suitable world for them to live in, and it is only by including them in our decisions now that we can ensure that the resources can ensure the benefits provided by the natural world and the institutions of society will be available to them.


Both sustainable development and an expansion of the concept of progress by recognising a wide range of wellbeing objectives are key to making this country, and this world, better places to live for both the current and future generations. Their inclusion as central ideas in the Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill gives it potential to seed a change in ethos of our society that allows all of its members to thrive on this planet in a sustainable way. This new ethos might be well summarised in the Future Generations Principle; “A body should act in a manner which seeks to ensure that the needs of the present are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. A more holistic understanding of the needs of people than society allows for at the present is well captured by the concept of wellbeing which extends beyond mere economic stability and material satisfaction into the things that bring happiness and satisfaction into real peoples lives. No longer should things which people value, such as; community, nature, culture, and leisure, be deprioritised simply because they can not be measured in GDP growth.


The attempts of the bill to incorporate measures that will keep institutions accountable is commendable. However, I feel it is important that simply measuring the level of success of meeting wellbeing objectives is not the only outcome. Institutions must make real changes to their practice in order to ensure that sustainable development is achieved and that wellbeing goals are met. The time for celebrating good intentions has passed, society must see real change so as to provide for all the needs of all the people and those institutions that don't contribute to this effort must be held to account. The legal ramifications for non-compliance set out in the bill must be enforced in a way that ensures that the bill and its purpose is taken seriously.


Thank you for taking the time to read this, again for your work in supporting this bill, and wider work in questioning how to create a better society in which we, and future generations, are all able to thrive into the future.


Best Wishes


[Insert Name Your Name Here]


Bio of Caroline Lucas


  • Caroline Lucas has been the MP for Brighton Pavilion since 2010. She has been the leader of the Green Party on two separate occasions.

  • Lucas has a long record of campaigning and advocacy for green economics.

  • https://www.carolinelucas.com/


The Future Generations Bill


The bill takes a systematic approach to enshrining long term thinking into policy making. It comes off the back of growing concern that ‘short-termism’ in policy decisions will have a detrimental effect on climate outcomes.

It’s key proposals include:


  • To encourage the consideration of sustainable development and wellbeing outcomes in decision making.

  • Companies of specific sizes will be required to report on how their core activities impact the UK’s wellbeing goals.

  • The establishment of a joint committee in Parliament to examine prospective legislature from a long-term perspective. This build of a similar scheme is already in place in Finland.

  • Public bodies will be required to focus on increasing preventative spending.

A legal enforcement mechanism will ensure these changes are taken seriously.


The Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill can be seen in the form which it was presented to the house of Lords, here:

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/lbill/2019-2019/0015/20015.pdf [Accessed May 6th 2020]


The progress of the bill can be tracked through the House of Commons HERE, and the House of Lords HERE.



Written by the Louder than the Storm Political Lead, MacGregor Cox

#MacGREGOR_COX



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