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Green Family

Generational Fairness in Climate Change

Green Family Policy Brief

Key Messages

  1. Environmental behaviour and awareness differ according to the household composition, income and educational structure of families. Environmental policies should take into account that families are becoming increasingly heterogeneous.  
  2. Families should be perceived as ‘change agents’ when it comes to environmental policy. They are also an important forum for intergenerational exchange.
  3. Tools to support families should be developed to enable them to cope with the financial and time challenges arising from climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.





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The Policy Brief is based on an Expert Meeting held on 26 January 2021 and the Discussion Paper “Green Family: Generational Fairness in Climate Change”, which are part of the Green Family project funded by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.



Edel, A., Höb, S., Mair, N., Riepl, T., Striessnig, E., Thomas, M. and Vono de Vilhena, D. (2022). Green Family: Generationengerechtigkeit im Klimawandel. Population & Policy Compact 34, Berlin: Max Planck Society/Population Europe.