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There Are More Animals in Factory Farms Today Than Decades Ago. Here’s How to Make Animal Rights Actually Work.

Animals Do Not Benefit from Human Population Growth. Why Do Their Advocates Promote It? Animal rights, as a social movement, has largely failed. During a time where advocates promoted flashy "wins" like ballot initiatives, animal use skyrocketed based on pro-growth policies that most animal advocates did nothing to oppose, even as those policies were being ramped up and crucial funding that could have blunted the climate crisis was being redirected to ineffective uses. Not only are there more...

You Can’t Solve the Climate Crisis, or Stop Parents from Torturing Their Kids, Without Changing Family Policy

Every week parents are arrested for severely abusing their own young children, in some cases torturing them. In news stories you may never connect to that fact, scientists have now determined that the world has completely failed to reach its goal of avoiding at least a deadly 1.5C temperature rise due to the climate crisis. But the truth is the stories are connected. These problems both flow fundamentally from family policies that do not comply with the Children's Rights Convention, assuring...

Supporters Ask: How Is Fair Start Different from The Ministry for the Future?

Fair Start is bottom-up democratic override using the first human right, rather than top-down authority. The Ministry for the Future is a climate fiction ("cli-fi") novel by American science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson published in 2020. Set in the near future, the novel follows a subsidiary body, established under the Paris Agreement, whose mission is to act as an advocate for the world's future generations of citizens as if...

The Fair Start Movement is the convergence of
social, eco, and reproductive justice to ensure every child a fair start in life as the first and overriding human right.

The climate crisis and worsening inequality are a threat to children everywhere – with effects being felt most by those communities least equipped to endure it. 

We can change course. Children deserve equitable conditions, right from the beginning. 

Fair Start helps shift unjust concentrations of wealth and power towards funding policies that instead empower all children with equal opportunities in life and a natural, biodiverse environment, by incentivizing and entitling well-planned, well-located, smaller and more equitable families. In short, we promote fundamental justice and freedom by actually accounting for, and improving, fundamental power relations between people, and between people and their ecologies. This is something almost no other group does, and it’s the best way to avoid failed families and parental regret

Per our Newsweek piece and multiple peer-reviews, it is physically impossible for us to orient our lives and actions from a just and empowering place – or for governments to create obligations like property rights – without first ensuring through Fair Start planning truly fair, inclusive and participatory communities that can actually consent to such rules.

Fair Start family planning entitlements, which empower children, get us there. 

Starting Upstream:

THe Most Effective APproach 

 A fair start in life is the first human right – it overrides all others. It is what children are entitled to under the Children’s Rights Convention, and what allows them to eventually be free from the power of others, and truly self-determining.

Ensuring a a fair start is the most effective and just thing we can do with impacts well beyond downstream alternatives. Let’s take back the wealth women and children deserve to make the best future for all. It’s time for truly comprehensive reproductive justice. Family planning entitlements that ensure children ecologically and socially equitable conditions of development are the first and overriding human right.  

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