Thoughts on Green Party Conference

Posted on March 11, 2015 at 11:22 am,

I spent last weekend at Green Party conference in Liverpool. Every conference is different, and this time I was manning a stall for some of the time. This was on behalf of the new group within the party that is provisionally called Christian Greens (all welcome). Basically, a few weeks ago, a few of us got in contact by e-mail to talk about the idea of finally getting a Christian group together within the party. After a bit of organising, we found out about the process, booked a stall, created our own introductory leaflet, and begged various Christian groups for some other material to put on there. Despite being hidden away from the main atrium, we expanded our list to over 40. We also had an initial meeting of – I think – 18 people, from a range of different traditions (they included Anglican, Catholic, Orthodox, URC, Evangelical, Liberal, Charismatic, and Post-Evangelical). The group will be officially set up, open to all Green Party members, once we’ve sorted out a formal constitution. The group even got a brief mention in The Guardian sketch column.

There was, of course, far more to conference. Catching up with party members from around the country and meeting ones I’ve not met before, the usual round of voting on policy and organisational motions, training events (including a very useful one on winning over UKIP voters), and also a few speeches (the Shahrar Ali’s speech was particularly good – though I sadly missed leader Natalie Bennett’s).
From what I’ve seen of the media coverage, there are two things that stand out. Firstly, the Daily Mirror had a piece comparing the Green and UKIP conferences in graph form. Secondly a Guardian journalist comments on the atmosphere of conference – which really sums up the mood. We are a party that is enthusiastic and energised, with the #GreenSurge playing a large part in that feeling. Unless things go very badly in May, that’s going to continue to be the case for quite some time.
Finally, in the main hall there were artists taking “visual minutes” of the proceedings. Here are some photos of them.

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4 Comments

  1. Posted March 11, 2015 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Great to meet you there in person, finally!

  2. Stephen Gray
    Posted March 11, 2015 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Likewise.

  3. Posted March 11, 2015 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    but we’re all trots and druids, the torygraph says so

  4. Greg Kaye
    Posted August 18, 2015 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    At a fundamental level the politicker Shahrar Ali is not a green representative but betrays core principles of a genuine green policy. Due to this it’s insane immigration policies and the catastrophic effects that this will have on any conception of the sustainability of the United Kingdom (also within the context of their abject failure to even consider the fundamental problem human overpopulation) the party that he misleads is fundamentally THE LEAST GREEN PARTY of any major political group in England and Wales. UKIP and, yes, both the tories AND labour are certainly FAR GREENER.

    The unavoidably sad fact is that countries with high population densities (such as many in Europe and exemplified by the UK) already have need to import vast amounts of food simply so as to feed their own burgeoning and inflating populations. Much of this food is already imported from a wide range of countries including those from which people are leaving. Many of these countries, especially in locations from Africa to Afghanistan, have exceedingly high birthrates. This is very clearly illustrated on the map of countries by fertility rate presented at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… .

    In comparison, the relatively slow natural population growth of European countries remains much more closely in line with the rate of improvement in food production. Never-the-less, the population of the UK is already way in excess of the environmental factor of “overshoot”. See:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… and https://populationmatters.org/

    The UK is already far from being anywhere near a sustainable situation. This in even in a situation in which we use a relatively very small proportion of our agricultural area for the production of fuel. Our sustainability situation will be critical in any conceivable situation in which we may imagine the UK as being beyond its dependency on non-renewable resources. In short, we already have way to many people. Until we are in a situation in which we stop importing food, It makes no sense to import yet more people.

    In comparison rates of population growth in many of the countries that people are leaving are way in excess of rates of improvements in food production techniques.

    It also makes absolutely no environmental sense to take people from countries where per capita resource use is low and allow the import of such people into countries where per capita resource use is high. It makes no sense to import both people and food into the same densely populated areas. People should have support and opportunity in their own countries of origin. Destabilizing and prejudiced regimes that prompt attempts at migration should be opposed. Population concern organisations (such as atwww.populationmatters.org/) should be urgently referenced and supported.

    If anything potential migrants should be informed of the relevant facts regarding the global economic and environmental situation because, every migrant that makes it into countries like the UK, just adds to the problem of the global situation. Problems need to be solved at source. High stands of general education needs to be encouraged with particular attention given to the education and equal empowerment of women across the world, both because these issues are of fundamental importance for human rights as well as because the education and empowerment of woman has been proven to check the spiraling growth of population. Groups that oppose these principles and who act so as to displace populations, themselves, need to be opposed.

    For the related David Attenborough documentary search on: How Many People Can Live On Planet Earth

    Quote: ‘Anyone who believes in indefinite growth in anything physical, on a physically finite planet, is either mad or an economist.’ Kenneth Boulding

    Whether we like it or not there are limits

    I am a passionate green but I can’t stand back and see this wholesale ecological idiocy of this anti-green party. These anti-greens need to either return to practically environmental agendas or leave the party to those that will.

    This man’s outputs have a notable lack of environmental content. Why the hell does he think he has a place in a group called the “Green Party”?

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