How do we ensure funding that ensures young women harmed by the climate crisis can have their children at a time, place and with resources that protect their and the child’s equity?
Problem: Climate and other ecological crises are set to kill millions of those least responsible for causing it, a situation exacerbated by greenwashing and political illegitimacy.
Solution: We can minimize these deaths by funding young women to delay having children, and to ensure they do have any children in a place and with resources to ensure that child will survive, thrive and live as free as possible, in a system of social and ecological self-determination as can readily assess. This is the human rights-based and first priority for climate reparations and because extreme wealth was made at ecological and social cost to these children, it is subject to reparations’ claims.
Request for Proposal: The Fair Start Fund:
It is well accepted that family planning and child welfare policy involves externalities. Ignoring those has now created a climate crisis likely to kill millions. While literature has discussed the externalities and even policy solutions, none have achieved a human rights-based system of child welfare entitlements consistent with intergenerational justice and political legitimacy. These would require identifying a series of thresholds for family planning entitlements:
The Fair Start Movement seeks proposals from economists for such a redistribution model, to be used in conjunction with ending complaints before the United Nations Human Rights Council, and the establishment of a forum for entitlements demands.
This work will ensure true self-determination, and the dignity of a system that actually includes its subjects.
There are concrete moves we can make now: Ensuring this birth-equity based reform would simply mean prioritizing current investments in young women as the first and overriding human right, escalating the payments and pegging them to parenting readiness and delay, and structuring them around birth equity defined as an equal and influential role in setting the rules of one’s democracy – testable by seeing how we offset each other’s voices, the extent to which legal systems require coercion, etc. The assessments can be done through ESG reporting requirements, and certification programming.