Anyone who wants to see a greener, more prosperous, lower carbon, more equal and healthier future for Wales, and for the planet, owes a debt of gratitude to Jane Davidson, former Welsh Government Minister and erstwhile Pro VC of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, for her pioneering work to embed sustainable development and one-planet principles at the heart of decision making in Wales.
In her new book, ‘#FutureGen, Lessons from a Small Country’, Jane Davidson recounts Wales’ journey towards the creation of the The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act of 2015, which was the first piece of legislation anywhere in the world to enshrine the rights of nature and future generations in law. It’s the story of how “one small nation responded to global climate issues by radically rethinking public policy for future generations”.
In this interview with Jane Davidson, 4theRegion’s Dawn Lyle explores what makes the WBFGA so important; the tension between individual responsibility and the need for governments to lead the way; some inspiring stories of sustainable development principles in action across society; and what needs to happen next in order to deliver fully on the promise of the Act in Wales.
#FutureGen is available in audio, ebook and hardback formats.