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Bill requiring UK policymakers to consider long-term environmental sustainability introduced

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A Bill which would require Ministers to fully consider the long-term environmental and social implications of all policy changes was introduced in the House of Commons on Tuesday (24 March), receiving cross-party support.

Pictured: Caroline Lucas MP speaking at the Bill’s informal reception last month. Image: Today for Tomorrow

Orchestrated by The Big Issue founder Lord Bird, the Future Generations Bill is modelled after Wales’ Well-being of Future Generations Act, which was enshrined in law in 2015.

The Bill is broadly founded in the UN’s sustainable development principle that the needs of the present are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

In its current form, it would require Ministers to develop impact assessments of the

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