Green Left has been launched as a network for socialists and other radicals in the Green Party of England and Wales. It will act as an outreach body that will communicate the party’s radical policies to socialists and other anti-capitalists outside the party.
Left (GL) is based on the assumption that capitalism is a system that
wrecks the planet and promotes war. A green society must be based on
economic, political and social justice. GL in short works to promote
ecosocialism as a solution to our planetary ills.
the democratic structures in the party and encourages transparency,
accountability and engagement in all organs of the party. We also see
the Green Party as a ‘bottom up’ political organisation where the
principles of the membership are paramount and not a ‘top down’ one
where a self-designated political elite decide on policies and
GL aims to increase and improve the international
links of the Green Party, building links with radical greens and
ecosocialists across the planet. It will work closely with members of
other European Green Parties to reform the workings of the European
Green Party structures that must be democratised. Green politics must
realise the slogan ‘think globally, act locally’ by linking practical
local campaigns to global issues of ecology, democracy, justice and
GL aims to act within the Green Party so as to raise
Green Party politics to meet the demands of its radical policies.
Green politics needs to be based on dynamic campaigning and hard
intellectual groundwork to create workable alternatives.
aims to build regional campaigns and contribute to coalition-building
through coherent alignments and open discussion with progressive
anti-capitalists. The movement that is required to address the issues
across Britain, Europe and the world will not be the sole preserve of
one party. The movement requires the development of united action by
progressive forces including organisations formed by working people to
defend their interests in the workplace. Within this diverse movement
GL will stand firmly in favour of the libertarian and democratic
traditions of ecosocialism.
It is vitally important that the
Green Party works to develop the continuing peace, environmental and
social movements. An orientation to organised working people through
the Green Party Trade Union Group (GPTU) also requires maximum support
from GL, with the emphasis on supporting radical and rank and file
currents in the unions. Likewise, GL should seek to promote
organisation and solidarity amongst currently unorganised and
GL will work to enhance Green Party
contributions to demonstrations, marches and other solidarity events.
Greens must be active on issues that affect ordinary working people in
their everyday lives and aim to be known as amongst their strongest
While GL is keen to build links with members of faith
communities, and to fight alongside them against intolerance and
discrimination, it will not compromise on human rights – including
issues concerning women, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
communities, and people with disabilities.
Since the activism
of William Morris in the Social Democratic Federation and Socialist
League in the late nineteenth century, there has been an ecosocialist
tradition in Britain. Green Left believes that ecosocialism provides
an alternative to a society based on alienation, economic
exploitation, corporate rule, ecological destruction and wars. Our
analysis demands that in the best tradition of the historic left we
‘agitate, educate and organise’ to build such an alternative.
The time has come for drawing together forces that can present a
serious challenge to the disastrous neo-liberal project. We believe
that ‘another world is possible’, based on ecological and socialist
values. In conclusion, Green Left would work to enable you to live in a
society based on peace, ecological balance, economic equality and
inclusion. Come and join us!