The Green Party of England and Wales promotes the policies of ecological sustainability, a fairer more stable economy, a more equal society, a higher standard of democracy and accountability of politicians to the communities they serve, and social justice on the global level as well as in our own country.
Over the last decade and more, Green Party representation has significantly increased at all levels of government. After the local elections of 2011, the Green Party of England and Wales held 130 seats on 43 Principal Authorities (county, city, borough and district), more than three times that of a decade ago.
The first Greens on the London Assembly were elected in 2000. Jenny Jones AM has been deputy mayor of London, and is the Green Party's candidate for London Mayor 2012 - see her campaign website here. Jenny is also a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority. In recent years Darren Johnson AM has held the post of chair of the Assembly.
The first UK Greens in the European Parliament were elected in 1999 and re-elected with increased vote-shares in 2004 and 2009. The 2009 Green Party vote-share in the UK was up by about 40% compared with the previous Euro-election, and the UK Greens narrowly missed trebling their number of MEP seats from 2 to 6.
Party leader Caroline Lucas became the first Green MP in the 2010 general election.
Within the Green Party, several organised groups campaign on specific issues. Visit their websites to find out more:
Green politics is a new and radical kind of politics guided by these core principles:
1. Humankind depends on the diversity of the natural world for its existence. We do not believe that other species are expendable.
2. The Earth's physical resources are finite. We threaten our future if we try to live beyond those means, so we must build a sustainable society that guarantees our long-term future.
3. Every person, in this and future generations, should be entitled to basic material security as of right.
4. Our actions should take account of the well-being of other nations, other species, and future generations. We should not pursue our well-being to the detriment of theirs.
5. A healthy society is based on voluntary co-operation between empowered individuals in a democratic society, free from discrimination whether based on race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, religion, social origin or any other prejudice.
6. We emphasise democratic participation and accountability by ensuring that decisions are taken at the closest practical level to those affected by them.
7. We look for non-violent solutions to conflict situations, which take into account the interests of minorities and future generations in order to achieve lasting settlements.
8. The success of a society cannot be measured by narrow economic indicators, but should take account of factors affecting the quality of life for all people: personal freedom, social equity, health, happiness and human fulfilment.
9. Electoral politics is not the only way to achieve change in society, and we will use a variety of methods to help effect change, providing those methods do not conflict with our other core principles.
10. The Green Party puts changes in both values and lifestyles at the heart of the radical green agenda.
The Green Party of England and Wales is one of the oldest Green political parties in the world and has been campaigning for ecological sustainability and social justice for more than 30 years. The party traces its origins to 1973 when it was simply called People. It became the Ecology Party shortly afterwards and finally changed its name to the Green Party in 1985.