This is the era of future generations demanding action to halt the climate emergency and the sixth great extinction of earth's abundance and diversity of life. In Wales, the 2015 Wellbeing of Future Generations Act has created a platform to bring teeth to this demand and it's revolutionising how public business is conducted. The Act is the first piece of legislation on Earth to put future generations at the forefront of public policy making. The Act places regenerative and sustainable practice at the heart of government, and requires long-term, collaborative and systemic solutions to complex issues including poverty, health, ecology, environment and meaningful employment. Such is the ambition and importance of the law in Welsh public policy that governments, municipalities and civil society organisations the world-over are following the experiment closely. As the UN Assistant Secretary General, Nikhil Seth, commented at the launch of the Act, What Wales is doing today, the world will do tomorrow . Jane Davidson inspired and nurtured the Act from concept to legislation. The duties outlined in it are the touchstone at the heart of all future government policy making. In #FutureGenerations Jane reveals for the first time how and why such ground-breaking legislation was forged in Wales, and explores the opportunities it is now creating for individuals, communities and governments worldwide to think and act differently.
AUTHOR: Dr Jane Davidson is the Pro Vice-Chancellor emeritus at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. From 2000-2011, she was Minister for Education, then Minster for Environment and Sustainability in the Welsh government where she proposed legislation to make sustainable development its central organising principle; the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act came into law in April 2015. She introduced the first plastic bag charge in the UK, and her recycling regulations took Wales to third best in the world. She created the Climate Change Commission for Wales, the post of Sustainable Futures Commissioner and the 800-mile Wales Coast Path. In education, she piloted major curriculum changes for early years: the Foundation Phase, the Welsh Baccalaureate and integrated Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship into the Welsh curriculum. Jane is a patron of the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and Tools for Self Reliance (TFSR Cymru). She holds honorary fellowships from WWF, Chartered Institute of Wastes Management, Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management. Jane is chair of the RSA in Wales and was recently invited to be an associate faculty member in Harvard University. She lives on a 10-acre smallholding in west Wales where she aims to live lightly on the land.