We are convinced that good political solutions exist for most of the essential challenges to humanity. The objective of the FuturePolicy.org website is to present some of these solutions to decision makers and other users and provide them with many helpful tools, such as background information, sample texts, checklists, case studies and further links.
FuturePolicy.org is the successor of our Policy Action on Climate Toolkit - PACT project, which was introduced in 2007.
The first policy to be tackled by the PACT project was renewable energy feed-in tariffs (FITs). For key features of a good FIT law, the site offers not only an explanation and examples from existing laws, but also some sample legal text. As the users move through the site, they can collect these bits of sample text and generate their own proposed FIT law, which can then be used to trigger public discussion and parliamentary action.
In 2009, the energy efficiency section, which presents 8 policies and case studies, was introduced.
The new version of our policy website goes beyond the climate change challenge and intends to present all policy solutions which the World Future Council and the Climate Parliament are advocating. In 2010, we have added a Cities section that promotes policy solutions that aim at the 100% target, as well as a fourth section on 'Agriculture and Food' that presents legislations for food security and sustainable agriculture.
As the content selection is a dynamic process, we hope to amend the site on a regular basis to include our work on future finance, future justice, nuclear disarmament, etc...
Many of the presented policies have been selected for the Future Policy Award, which celebrates policies with particularly positive effects on the rights of future generations. The aim of the award is to raise global awareness for these exemplary policies and speed up policy action towards just, sustainable and peaceful societies. The Future Policy Award is the first award that celebrates policies rather than people on an international level. Each year the World Future Council chooses one topic on which policy progress is particularly urgent: Food Security in 2009, Biodiversity in 2010, Forests in 2011 and Oceans and Coasts in 2012http://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/future_policy_award.html.
The World Future Council brings the interests of future generations to the centre of policy making. Its 50 eminent members from around the globe have already successfully promoted change. The Council addresses challenges to our common future and provides decision-makers with effective policy solutions. In-depth research underpins advocacy work for international agreements, regional policy frameworks and national lawmaking and thus produces practical and tangible results. In close cooperation with civil society actors, parliamentarians, governments, business and international organizations we identify “best policies” around the globe. The results of this research then feed into our advocacy work, supporting decision makers in implementing those policies. The World Future Council is registered as a charitable foundation in Hamburg, Germany. Our work is not possible without continuous financial support from private and institutional donors. For more information see our website: www.worldfuturecouncil.org.
The Climate Parliament was set up in 2009. Prior to that, the parent organisation, the e-parliament, conducted a poll in which more than 700 legislators from over 70 countries participated, to determine global priorities on energy issues. The top three choices were renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy access for the poor. Since 2007, the e-Parliament has conducted 20 international parliamentary committee hearings to look at policy options for promoting these priorities. Each hearing brings together around 20 members of Parliament and Congress to spend two days questioning leading experts from around the world. The Climate Parliament has inherited the work of the e-Parliament on climate and energy. The Clean Power for All strategy has emerged from the e-Parliament hearings.