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Welcome to the Gauteng Green Party
"The Gauteng Green Party is to be launched soon"


What on Earth is Happening?
Industrial society is destroying the planet's life-support systems. It pollutes the air we breathe, the water we drink, the soil needed to grow food, and the social relations needed to allow people to be healthy and happy. The world's forests are under a death sentence. Pollution has reached the summit of mountains, the depths of the oceans, and outer space

we are an Environmental Party - and More
The Gauteng Green Party is more than just an environmental group. We encompass the entire political, social, and economic spectrum.

All Gauteng Green Party policies and action - economics, work, social supports, transport, and agriculture - are decided in accord with two fundamental principles:

# Care for the earth, and
# Care for the people more.

'Quality of Life' indicators are preferred by the Gauteng Greens when measuring our own and society's performance - not quantity of goods consumed. Planet Earth is productive enough to support the needs of all, but it can not continue to support the consumer society

The way we live now is unsustainable, but it is hard to change the habits of a lifetime. By working together, each one of us can more easily accept, then practise, green economics and the quality life-style that nature can live with.

Interested? Join the Gauteng Green Party!
All over the World, Green representatives are working in national and local politics, bringing the principles of social justice, appropriate decision making, non-violence, and ecological wisdom into the political process, and making connections between caring for people and caring for the planet. Committed to thinking globally and acting locally,
The Greens are the most important international movement the world has ever seen.


TEN KEY VALUES


1.Grassroots Democracy

Every human being deserves a say in the decisions that affect their lives and not be subject to the will of another. For this reason, we will work to increase public participation at every level of government and ensure that our public representatives are fully accountable to the people who elect them. We will further work to create new types of political organizations which expand the process of participatory democracy by directly including citizens in the decision-making process.

2.Social Justice And Equal oportunity
All persons should have the rights and opportunity to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment. We must consciously confront in ourselves, our organizations, and society at large, barriers such as racism and class oppression, sexism and homophobia, ageism and disability, which act to deny fair treatment and equal justice under the law.

3.Ecological Wisdom
Human societies must understand that we are part of nature, not separate from IT. We must maintain an ecological balance and live within the ecological and resource limits of our communities and our planet. We support a sustainable society which utilizes resources in a way that future generations will benefit and not suffer from the practices of our generation. To this end we must practice agriculture which replenishes the soil; move to an energy efficient economy; and live in ways that respect the integrity of natural systems.

4. Nonviolence
It is essential that we develop effective alternatives to society's current patterns of violence. We will work to demilitarize, and eliminate weapons of mass destruction, without being naive about the intentions of other governments. We recognize the need for self-defense and the defense of others who are in helpless situations. We promote non-violent methods to oppose practices and policies with which we disagree, and will guide our actions toward lasting personal, community and global peace.

5. Decentralisation
Centralization of wealth and power contributes to social and economic injustice, environmental destruction, and militarization. Therefore, we support a restructuring of social, political and economic institutions away from a system which is controlled by and mostly benefits the powerful few, to a democratic, less bureaucratic system. Decision-making should, as much as possible, remain at the individual and local level, while assuring that civil rights are protected for all citizens.

6. Community-Based Economics and Economic Justice
We recognize it is essential to create a vibrant and sustainable economic system, one that can create jobs and provide a decent standard of living for all people while maintaining a healthy ecological balance. A successful economic system will offer meaningful work with dignity, while paying a living wage which reflects the real value of a person's work.
Local communities must look to economic development that assures protection of the environment and workers' rights; broad citizen participation in planning; and enhancement of our quality of life. We support independently owned and operated companies which are socially responsible, as well as co-operatives and public enterprises that distribute resources and control to more people through democratic participation.

7. Feminism and Gender Equity
We have inherited a social system based on male domination of politics and economics. We call for the replacement of the cultural ethics of domination and control with more cooperative ways of interacting that respect differences of opinion and gender. Human values such as equity between the sexes, interpersonal responsibility, and honesty must be developed with moral conscience. We should remember that the process that determines our decisions and actions is just as important as achieving the outcome we want.

8. Respect for Diversity
We honour the biological diversity of the Earth
Respect cultural, ethnic, religious, and political diversity; cooperate in pursuing dignity, democracy, freedom, and justice.

9. Global Responsibility
We believe it is important to value cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity, and to promote the development of respectful relationships across these lines.
We believe that the many diverse elements of society should be reflected in our organizations and decision-making bodies, and we support the leadership of people who have been traditionally closed out of leadership roles. We acknowledge and encourage respect for other life forms than our own and the preservation of biodiversity.

10. Future Focus and Sustainability
Our actions and policies should be motivated by long-term goals. We seek to protect valuable natural resources, safely disposing of or all waste we create, while developing a sustainable economics that does not depend on continual expansion for survival. We must counterbalance the drive for short-term profits by assuring that economic development, new technologies, and fiscal policies are responsible to future generations who will inherit the results of our actions.


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Roots of the Greens

The Greens are rooted in the Civil Rights, Feminist and Peace movements of the 1960s and 70s, and the Nuclear Disarmament, anti-Toxics and Deep Ecology movements of the 1980s.

Green politics begun in Australia.
In March 1972 the world's very first Green party (the United Tasmania Group) was formed at a public meeting in Hobart; in May 1972 a meeting at Victoria University, Wellington, launched the Values Party, the world's first national Green party.

Soon after that more Green Parties ware formed in New Zealand, Europe and USA, and have elected representatives to local, regional, and national legislatures.
The Green movement has recently grown and is growing strongly in every part of the world.

The global emerging Green constituency caused other parties to examine the links between their environmental policies and the economy more seriously. Greens have always emphasised a multifaceted approach to social justice and ecology.

The Global Greens
is the network of Green parties and political movements from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Europe and the Americas, committed to implementing
The Global Greens Charter.

In April 2001, 800 deligates from 70 countries met in Canberra Australia for the first ever gathering of the Global Greens. In three emotional, exhilarating and exhausting days, delegates from around the world announced " We have a Global Greens Charter! "

The pivotal moment of the Global Greens Conference came soon after 4 pm on Monday 16 April, 2001. Delegates ratified the Charter with a standing ovation.

The Global Greens 2001 conference was preceded by the first ever Global Young Greens meeting in Sydney and the Rio+10 International Workshop in Canberra.
Together these three events are helping shape Green politics and so world politics for the whole of this new century.

JOIN US IF YOU SHARE OUR OPTIMISM!
Be part of creating a more:
Humane,
Peaceful,
Democratic,
And ecologically just world,

This we will achieve through our commitment to act globally as well as locally.

Ecologically sustainable development

Environmentalists began using the term [ecologically sustainable development] in the early 1990s, in preparation for the UN Conference on Environment and Development. For them, it is the environment that must be sustained. Corporations and other business-related organisations often use the term [sustainable growth]. They aim to sustain their profits, not the environment. [Greenwashing] is the term used to describe this cooption and adaptation by business of language invented by environmentalists. Many public relations companies earn big dollars [greenwashing] for exploitative industries such as oil and mining companies.

QUALITY OF LIFE OF CITIZENS IS BEFORE THE PROFIT-INTEREST OF BIG BUSINESS

We always put the quality of life of citizens before the profit-interest of big business. We campaign on a broad policy platform which covers such topics as sustainable development, public transport, corporate responsibility and nuclear decommissioning.

Big profiteers should know that:

"Only after the last tree has been cut down,
Only after the last river has been poisoned,
Only after the last fish has been caught,
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten."



Karen Read's vision for the

e-Thekwini ecopeace


ECONOMIC POLICY AT GRASS ROOTS LEVEL

The economic policy of the Green party is an integral element of our overall policies. Economics cannot be separated from other issues such as poverty, crime, drugs, job insecurity, health, environmental damage etc.

The GREEN PARTY's objective is to shift the balance of economic power in favour of individuals and households, and away from large scale, remote private companies and central government. It will make full-time paid employment less necessary, and will encourage home-based and part-time employment, and work in the 'third sector'. People will be able to choose their own working lifestyles.

Policies will be established to support the household as an important centre of economic activity. The objective is to enable people to meet their needs at the level most personal to them (the household sector being the smallest unit in any community) and to contribute more effectively through the informal economy to the wider community. A strong household sector, both informal and formal, will be resilient to fluctuations in the wider economy.

Policies which support and encourage the personal and informal economies include

# Initiating research and development into products and technologies specifically appropriate for use in the home-based economy;

# Changing planning and building regulations to encourage home based enterprises;

# Providing grants for re-skilling, and for the necessary tools and technology necessary for home-based enterprises.


So we have a waste problem in South Africa?



No we don't, all we have is industry who

put profit above environmental integrity,

A government who won't do anything about it

Waste management companies who are
not competent to deal with toxic waste.

In 1992 it was estimated that 1.8 million tons of hazardous waste
was produced by South African industry every year,
22 000 tons of this waste contains significant concentrations
of highly toxic constituents which are easily accessible,
mobile, persist in the environment and are bio-accumulative
(accumulate in living organisms).
95% of South African waste is disposed of on land.

Gauteng
is home to many of our dirtiest industries and leads the nation
in the production of toxic and hazardous wastes.
Its domestic waste fills the Ellis Park stadium
to the brim every day.