Sustainability and Intergenerational Justice

  title={Sustainability and Intergenerational Justice},
  author={Brian M. Barry},
  • B. Barry
  • Published 1 June 1997
  • Philosophy
  • Theoria
As temporary custodians of the planet, those who are alive at any given time can do a better or worse job of handing it on to their successors. I take that simple thought to animate concerns about what we ought to be doing to preserve conditions that will make life worth living (or indeed liveable at all) in the future, and especially in the time after those currently alive will have died (‘future generations’). There are widespread suspicions that we are not doing enough for future generations… 

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