In yesterday’s class, Professor Williams brought up the new term of “Intergenerational Equity”. Like many other students in this class, this is my first experience learning about the issue of Sustainable Development, thus many of the terms and concepts discussed are new to me. I particularly found this term interesting, as I have personally found that the actions of many companies and even the government at times focus more on temporary “band aid” solutions, rather than taking a long term perspective, and identifying the root of the problem in order to prevent difficulties in the future. The question of whether a short term perspective, where one will solve current issues without consideration of its future impacts is the more appropriate route to take as opposed to looking at the long run, and considering how actions taken today will impact society, the environment etc. in the future should be considered. One can refer back to a concept used by Karl Marx; “Self interest”. I feel that we live in a world where people are in the pursuit of one’s own well being, and if it means putting other people at risk then so be it. The case discussed in today’s class in regards to the droughts in Australia, I feel served as a perfect example. In my mind, I felt as though the politicians were more concerned about getting the extra votes from the rural community which represented a large proportion of the population, and were therefore looking out for their own self interest rather than taking care of the people of the nation as a whole, which is what they are being elected to do. In order to ensure and foster the creation of integenerational equity, we must always take on a long term perspective and carefully analyse how actions taken at the present, will affect the future if we are to preserve the well being of our future generations to come.
Intergenerational Equity – Jen Park
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