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Human treat the future as if nobody will be there

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Source: Tamas Gyerman via Artstation
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Humankind has colonised the future. We treat it like a distant colonial outpost devoid of people where we can freely dump ecological degradation, technological risk and nuclear waste – as if nobody will be there.

This resembles the attitude of the British in their colonisation of Australia, which was based on a legal doctrine today known as terra nullius or ‘nobody’s land’, in which the continent was treated as if there were no indigenous people there when they arrived. Our societal attitude today is one of tempus nullius, particularly in high-income countries. […] The future is seen as ‘nobody’s time’, an unclaimed territory that is equally devoid of inhabitants. Future generations are granted no political rights or representation. Their interests have no influence at the ballot box or in the marketplace. 

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Source : Future generations deserve good ancestors. Will you be one?, July 21, 2020, Psyche

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