Four Pillars of the Green Party

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The worldwide green parties are committed to the following Four Pillars:

  1. Ecology (sometimes "Ecological Wisdom" or "Ecological Sustainability")
  2. Social Justice (sometimes "Social Equality and Economic Justice")
  3. Grassroots Democracy
  4. Non-Violence

In German, it is known as Die Grnen: kologisch, sozial, basisdemokratisch, gewaltfrei.

These were originally defined by European Green Parties, from the foundation of the German Green Party in 1979-1980, and later adopted by the U.S. Green Party. The U.S. Green Party has expanded these into Ten Key Values of the Green Party. The Green Party of Canada has adopted the Six Principles of the Global Greens (http://www.greenparty.ca/index.php?module=article&view=24).

The four pillars are generally considered interdependent, reinforcing each other in non-obvious ways e.g. Arundhati Roy describes the connectedness of Democracy, Peace and Non-Violence: "Where there is oppression, it will always be challenged... I don't believe that there can ever be peace without justice... The two go together. And there cannot be peace in the world with full-spectrum dominance."[1] (http://www.abc.net.au/tv/enoughrope/transcripts/s1219838.htm). This approach arose from shared concerns of the peace movement and ecology movement.

fr:Quatre piliers des partis verts it:Quattro Pilastri del Partito Verde nl:Beginselen van Agalev ru:Четыре столпа Зелёной партии

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