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What is the new 'green' movement?

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2008-11-19 11:43:06

It is the support of environmentally friendly products opposed

to those that pollute or harm the environment... * While the first

answerer is correct, the Green Movement is much deeper and broader

than just promoting environmentally friendly products. Here is more

information: Though it may appear to be new, the movement has been

around since at least the 1970's and the ideas expressed within the

movement appear to have originated in the 1930's or earlier. (See

the link to the right "Green Movement History"). Today, the Green

Movement is world wide and, as with many other groups and

movements, may not be what it appears to be on the surface. For

more information about the history and ideas of the Green Movement

you can click on the link, "Anarchism and the Environmental

Movement." Some of the ideas and goals of the Green Movement as

stated in their charter are: ecological wisdom, social justice,

participatory democracy (including breaking down inequalities of

wealth and power), nonviolence (a comprehensive concept of global

security, which gives priority to social, economic, ecological,

psychological and cultural aspects of conflict, instead of a

concept based primarily on military balances of power),

sustainability, and respect for diversity. The Charter includes

much more than I have stated and can be found by clicking on the

link, "Charter of the Global Greens" (pdf). In the United States,

"Ten Key Values of the Green Committees of Correspondence" (1989)

lists those 10 values as: Ecological Wisdom, Grassroots Democracy,

Social Justice, Nonviolence, Decentralization, Community Based

Economics, Feminism, Respect for Diversity, Global Responsibility,

and Sustainability. For the actual document, click on the link,

"Ten Key Values of the Green Committees of Correspondence (US)."

Though I have listed the values, the page gives the goals and ideas

of those values in greater detail. The oldest and continuously

active Green organization in America is the Green Party and they

are the ones who originated the ten values listed in the previous

paragraph. To visit their Web site, the link is, "The Greens: Green

Party USA." Some organizations associated with "The Greens" are:

National Audubon Society, Earth First, PETA (People for the Ethical

Treatment of Animals), Earth Liberation Front (ELF), and Sierra

Club. Some of these organizations can be extremely radical. For the

complete list that I found on the Internet, though it may not

include all groups associated with the movement, click on "

Environmental Organizations and the Greens Links." Though I have

attempted to give as much information as possible, an in depth

understanding of the Green Movement would take extensive research.

While it is obvious that The Green Party and Ralph Nader are

certainly part of the movement, but other organizations,

individuals, and groups associated with the movement are not so

obvious. This is mainly due to the fact that to be a part of the

movement, you do not have to embrace all of the 10 Key Values.

Thus, the overall movement encompasses a loosely associated web of

groups and individuals that may only embrace one or two of the

Values along with those who embrace all 10.


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