“Our politics of hope, unity and love stands in stark contrast to the politics of fear, disunity and hatred… As Greens we have to take democracy back from the corporations who have bought it!” said Christine Milne an Australian leader, speaking in Liverpool.
Celebrating a wide variety of political views is part of our inclusivity at St Chrysostom’s, we’re enriched and challenged by a wonderful range – from staunch Conservatives, to campaigning left wingers, from Social Democrats to enthusiastic Greens. In the latter category – Julie Wood tells us about the recent Green congress…
Last weekend I had the delight of participating in the first ever joint Congress of Global and European Greens ,Young European Greens along with the Conference of the Green Party of England and Wales.
Over 2,000 people over the 4 days filled the conference centre. It was an amazing experience! Especially when more than 150 people , from such places as Togo, Mongolia, Mexico and Australia, some in beautiful national dress, walked on stage, representing others present in the auditorium and back home.
Frustratingly, a number of delegates from some African countries were denied visas by the UK government.
We heard examples of extreme courage , such as the now leader of the Rwandan Greens who had suffered exile, torture and imprisonment in his commitment to make Green politics a reality.
We listened to international panels discussing illiberal democracies and serious tax inequalities, whilst in our England and Wales conference, I voted on updating policy on the basic income bill and the clean air act.
I joined the Greens because I was drawn to their linkage of climate justice with social and economic justice, as well as taking seriously gender, sexual, disability and other equalities. This Congress more than met my expectations.
Congress produced: “Liverpool Declaration 2017…..Greens: A Global Movement, a United Vision” which is available online, click here.
Returning to Christine Milne’s words, to survive in this era … in which humans are the dominant force for change on earth………we have to move beyond just being connected, we must now see ourselves as interdependent.