Published on May 19th, 2014 |
by Catch21 Admin
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Why vote for the Green Party? #eu4u
With the European Parliament elections upon the horizon, the Green party are looking to increase its numbers of MEP’s in the forthcoming elections. Nevertheless, what does voting for the Greens actually mean? The Green party based their policies on a political philosophy known as Green politics. Green politics is popularly associated with environmental issues, (based on ecological wisdom), sustainability, social justice, grassroots democracy, and non-violence. The Green Party launched its European election campaign across the UK, calling for EU reform and promising action to tackle climate change. To simplify the reasons to vote for the Green party, I have taken liberty to simplify the Green’s European manifesto into three of the most significant subjects.
- 1. Environment policies:
The main objective of the Greens focus on climate change. In their manifesto, they call for an “energy revolution”. This involves:
- Demand the EU to take leadership in mitigating climate change, with binding targets for EU emissions reductions of at least 90% of 1990 levels by 2030.
- Oppose to the extraction of Shale gas through fracking. Fracking causes a high risk for local environments and contributes to dangerous climate change.
- Opposed to extraction to extreme fuels such as deep sea oil drilling off Shetland.
- Call on the EU to replace the Emissions trading scheme. The Greens will argue the solutions include legally binding national targets, the banning of extraction of quantities of fossil fuels which the atmosphere cannot cope and the building of infrastructure needed for a zero-carbon economy.
- Support the global sharing of intellectual property for technologies which help reduce carbon emissions.
- 2. Social policies.
On the morals of social justice, the Green party are committed to fight against discrimination and opposing oppression for all. As stated in their manifesto,
- Support for the free movement of people across the UK.
- Oppose any moves deregulating EU rules requiring that all EU citizens have the same access to public services as citizens in any other EU state they are in.
- Oppose any measures relating to the Schengen agreement requiring spot checks for EU citizenship and the de facto requirement to carry ID cards around Europe which can cause discrimination against particular minorities.
- The Green party are focus on ethnic equality and primarily recognise racism in police forces, ensuring proper monitoring of the EU police force.
- Support a move for gender balance. One point in their manifesto emphasised the support moves for at least half of the people making up EU institutions, including the Commission, Parliament and the European Central Bank are women.
- 3. Economic policies.
And finally, the term “An economy for the better good” is associated with their economic policies. They propose:
- To take actions on tax envision and avoidance.
- End public fossil fuel subsidies as agreed in international commitments i.e. lack of fuel duty on aeroplanes.
- End double taxation agreement with tax havens, so companies registered in havens also have to pay tax in the EU.
The Green Party MEP’s represent the Green-European Free Alliance (Greens-EFA) at European Parliament. The latter describes itself as the representative of stateless peoples and national minorities, and argue that regions should have more power. After the 2009 elections, the group had 55 members from 14 EU states, the biggest national blocs coming from Germany and France.
To find out more, visit their website: http://greenparty.org.uk/elections.html
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