Big Issue founder Lord John Bird has said the voices of young people will be essential in the fight for a better future, warning that the world is currently “controlled by people who are messing it up big time”.
Lord Bird spoke to audiences at the One Young World hub, Glasgow, on Friday as COP26 began its day of focus on “youth and public empowerment”.
He spoke of the importance of preventative action to tackle societal issues like homelessness and climate change, warning that short-term fixes will no longer be sufficient for dealing with the multiple crises now faced by the government.
Currently, a large percentage of money spent on social crises is spent on emergencies, Lord Bird said, rather than being invested into prevention or cure.
Lord Bird’s Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill, currently going through parliament, would bind public bodies to make decisions in line with the interests of future generations.
“We keep pushing the future back… we have to bring the future right forward,” Lord Bird said of his bill.