The Green Party of England and Wales is one of the oldest Green political parties in the world and has been campaigning for social and environmental justice for more than 30 years. We were founded in 1973 as 'People', became the 'Ecology Party' shortly afterwards and finally changed our name to the Green Party in 1985.
We go back some 25 years or more when - as the then Battersea Ecology party - we held monthly meetings. Paul Ekins, now a leading Green economist with Forum for the Future, and Sally Wllington, a potter and activist on women's rights (sadly she died last year) were among that small group.
Through the Thatcherite and Blairite years, our membership fluctuated. Though influence of green ideas has recently grown enormously, we were a relatively small group in the borough but are now growing strongly.
Until the late 90's we set up and operated as separate groups in Putney, Battersea and Tooting. We now operate as one. We put up candidates (and give support) for local Council, London-wide (GLA), general and European elections.
In Wandsworth, Conservatives have a large majority on the 60 seat Council (Cons.50/Lab.10), with an 'ideology' rooted in having the lowest Council Tax in the country. We set up the first paper recycling scheme in Wandsworth: a monthly collection from selected streets using a van belonging to a Dulwich green party member.
At the last Council elections, we put up a candidate in 19 of 20 wards in the borough. Trailing Conservative candidates, we came second in 3 wards - and the Green vote rose overall.
Our Members belong to various local amenity, community, environmental and peace groups - helping to establish a community-based presence at a particular 'level'.
The Green Party's philosophical basis is stated in our constitution:
Life on Earth is under immense pressure. It is human activity, more than anything else, which is threatening the well-being of the environment on which we depend. Conventional politics has failed us because its values are fundamentally flawed.
The Green Party isn't just another political party. Green politics is a new and radical kind of politics guided by these core principles;
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