Saturday, March 2, 2013

Global Greens Charter


   "The Global Greens Charter was adopted by consensus at the first Global Greens Congress in Canberra in 2001. The core of the document sets out the principles that bind together Greens from around the world: ecological wisdom, social justice, participatory democracy, nonviolence, sustainability and respect for diversity.  The second section is a 'political action' plan covering some of the most pressing problems facing the world. This section was reviewed and updated at the Dakar 2012 Global Greens Congress in Senegal.  The revsied charter can be found in both html and pdf formats below.

The Charter is the foundational Greens' document. It draws upon the charters and constitutions of Green parties around the world, as well as some ideas from the Earth Charter and from the global gathering of Greens at Rio in 1992. Over two years in the making, it went through numerous revisions as comments and amendments were incorporated. In Canberra, hundreds more amendments were proposed.  Debates and negotiations culminated on the final afternoon of the Congress in a rivetting session where contentious clauses were decided one by one on the floor.  The finished Charter was adopted by acclamation, a truly momentous accomplishment."

There is an election coming up in BC. There are rumours that the Greens could get a seat in the Provincial Legislature. BC could really benefit if they were to put a Green MLA in the House. We need to become responsible stewards of this place. The Greens do not want to discourage business, they want to encourage business to act in a way that is recognisant of out future generations.
Too much business is conducted with no concern given to the provider of our wealth, the planet. 
I hope our votes can translate into a modicum of success for the Greens in BC.

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