intergenerational equity

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The principle that the present generation should pass on to future generations enough natural resources and sufficient environmental quality that they can enjoy at least a comparable quality of life, and inherit a healthy and sustainable environmental heritage. It seeks a fair distribution of the costs and benefits of a long‐term environmental policy, when costs and benefits are borne by different generations. For example, the costs of policies designed to address the problem of global warming by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases will be largely carried by the present and next few generations, whereas generations in the more distant future will enjoy the long‐term benefits.

Subjects: Environmental Science.

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