Green Party on Environment

Party Platform


Polluters should have burden of proof of safe practices

Source: Green Party Platform at 2020 Green National Convention , Jul 9, 2020

Strengthen Endangered Species & Clean Water Act

Water is essential to all forms of life. The Green Party calls for an international declaration that water belongs to the Earth and all of its species. Water is a basic human right! The U.S. Government must lead the way in declaring water a fundamental human right and prevent efforts to privatize, export, and sell for profit a substance that is essential to all life.

The Green Party supports a strengthened and enforceable Endangered Species Act. We support reintroducing native species to areas from which they have been eradicated, eliminating predator control on public lands, and reintroducing native predators where they would contribute to a viable ecosystem. We should educate ourselves about animal behaviors to overcome our culture's irrational fear of wildlife, and learn techniques of co-existence with other species.

Source: Green Party Platform at 2020 Green National Convention , Jul 9, 2020

Shut down waste incinerators; phase out landfills

Shut down existing waste incinerators, impose a moratorium on new waste incinerators, and phase out landfills. For all possible waste streams, we support the following strategies (in order of priority) as alternatives to incineration and landfills: (a) toxics use reduction; (b) source reduction, reuse, clean recycling or composting /digestion; or (c) neutralization, sterilization or detoxification methods where applicable.
Source: Green Party Platform at 2020 Green National Convention , Jul 9, 2020

Environmental justice: poor suffer more toxins & hazards

The Green Party supports a holistic approach to justice, recognizing that environmental justice, social justice and economic justice depend on and support each other. We believe that no one--including people of color and the poor--should be poisoned nor subjected to harmful levels of toxic chemicals and that no group of people should bear a disproportionate share of the pollution from industrial, governmental and commercial sources or policies. Across the US, the poor and people of color do suffer disproportionately from environmental hazards in the workplace, at home, and in their communities.

Environmental justice is the crossroads of environmental activism and the civil rights movement. It is founded on two fundamental beliefs: that all people have the right to live, work, learn, and play in safe and healthful environments; and that people have the right to influence decisions that affect environmental quality in their communities.

Source: Green Party Platform adopted, July 12-15 2012 in Baltimore , Jul 15, 2012

Low-income & minority areas suffer disproportionately

Low-income citizens and minorities suffer disproportionately from environmental hazards in the workplace, at home, and in their communities. Therefore, the Green Party advocates:
  1. Devoting greater efforts to full enforcement and prosecution of environmental crimes.
  2. Funding environmental crime units for district attorneys in counties with significant pollution problems.
  3. Imposing a moratorium on siting new toxic chemical or waste facilities in those counties with the highest percentage exposure to hazardous substances.
  4. Not forcing workers to choose between a hazardous job or no job at all.
  5. Preventing low-income or minority communities from being coerced by governmental agencies or corporations into siting hazardous materials, or accepting environmentally hazardous practices in order to create jobs.
  6. Preceding the siting of hazardous materials or practices with public hearings, conducted in the language of those community members who will be directly affected.
Source: Green Party Platform adopted at 2004 National Convention , Jun 30, 2004

Human species has no right to exploit animals

We reject the belief that our species is the center of creation, and that other life forms exist only for our use and enjoyment. Our species does not have the right to exploit and inflict violence on other creatures simply because we have the desire and power to do so. The Green Party advocates humane treatment of animals with the following policies: Source: Green Party Platform adopted at 2004 National Convention , Jun 30, 2004

Sustainable society lives within planet’s resource limits

Ten Key Values: (#2) Ecological Wisdom

Human societies must maintain an ecological balance and live within the ecological and resource limits of our planet. We support a sustainable society that utilizes resources in such a way that future generations will benefit and not suffer from the practices of our generation. To this end we must have agricultural practices that replenish the soil; move to an energy efficient economy; and live in ways that respect the integrity of natural systems.

Source: Ten Key Values as ratified at 2003 Green Party Convention , Nov 19, 2003

Safely dispose of or “unmake” all waste we create

Ten Key Values: (#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 “unmaking” all waste we create, while developing a sustainable economics that does not depend on continual expansion for survival. We must counter-balance 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.

Our overall goal is not merely to survive, but to share lives that are truly worth living. We believe the quality of our individual lives is enriched by the quality of all of our lives. We encourage everyone to see the dignity and intrinsic worth in all of life, and to take the time to understand and appreciate themselves, their community and the magnificent beauty of this world.

Source: Ten Key Values as ratified at 2003 Green Party Convention , Nov 19, 2003

Tax industrial pollution

We call on new approaches to taxation, such as ENVIRONMENTAL TAXES as a partial substitute for income taxes. Taxing industrial pollution is an idea long overdue. Environmental taxes of this type, and “true-cost pricing,” will aid in transforming major industries from being non-sustainable in their use of natural resources to being sustainable in character.
Source: Green Party Platform, at 2000 National Convention , Jun 25, 2000

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