The Ten Key Values of the Green Movement

The first four of the Key Values are recognized as the Pillars of the International Green Movement. The remaining six values are, more or less, derived from the Pillars.

Ecological Wisdom
We recognize that the Earth sustains all life processes. Green ecology moves beyond environmentalism by understanding the common roots of the abuse of nature, the abuse of animals, and the abuse of people. Whatever we do to the web of life, we do to ourselves.

Social Justice
We want to replace the worldwide system of poverty and injustice with a world free of all oppression based on class, sex, race, citizenship, age, or sexual orientation.

Grassroots Democracy
We believe in direct participation by all people in the environmental, political, and economic decisions that affect their lives.

Nonviolence
We reject violence as a way of settling disputes—it is shortsighted, morally wrong, and ultimately self-defeating. We work to create a world in which war is obsolete.

Decentralization
Power and responsibility must be restored to local communities within an overall framework of ecologically sound and socially just values and lifestyles.

Community-based Economics
We seek a new economics based upon the natural limits of the Earth which meets the basic needs of everyone on the planet under democratic, localized community control.

Feminist Values and Gender Equity
The Green Movement is profoundly inspired by feminist values. We do not consider placing women in charge of corporate-imperialist institutions a victory for feminism. The ethics of cooperation and understanding must replace the values of domination and control over others. In addition, we recognize that gender is a matrix rather than a binary, that it is not determined solely by anatomy, and that people of all gender identities contribute to a healthy society.

Respect for Diversity
We honor the biological diversity of the Earth and the cultural, racial, sexual, and spiritual diversity of the Earth's people. We aim to reclaim this country's finest ideals: popular democracy, the dignity of the individual, and liberty and justice for all.

Personal and Global Responsibility
We are committed to global sustainability and international justice through political solidarity. We strive to create personal lifestyles based upon sufficiency and living lightly.

Future Focus
Like the Iroquois Confederation, we seek a society where the interests of the seventh generation yet to come are considered equal to the interests of the present generation. We must reclaim the future for ourselves and for our children.


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  • Donald Palmer
    published this page in Home 2019-07-03 08:53:43 -0500