People’s Demand for Climate Action Drives Green Party Vote Surge Throughout Europe

Posted by Kevin Zeese

Above: European Green parties rode a green wave in the European elections because of their policies for action climate chaos were consistent with the people’s demands for action on climate.

The Green Party of the United States congratulated Green Parties throughout Europe for their strong showing in the recent elections for European Parliament, where the Greens won 71 seats, up from 52.

News reports said that the “Green Wave” was driven by the party’s strong climate agenda.  The party polled particularly well among young voters and in cities.

“The Green Party began to campaign for a Green New Deal in the United States in 2010.  With the dire warning by the International Panel on Climate Change that the world has only 11 years left to avoid catastrophic climate change, these election results show that voters are united in realizing that we must break from the ineffective policies of the long-standing major parties that primarily serve the interests of the wealthy and fossil fuel companies,” said  Justin Beth, Co-chair of the Green Party of the U.S.

“America needs to declare a climate emergency and transition to 100% clean renewable energy with zero emissions by 2030” added Darlene Elias, Co-chair and a Spokesperson for the Green National Women’s Caucus.   “We must immediately halt new fossil fuel projects. But we need a Just Transition that will ensure a guaranteed living wage job, single payer health care, education and housing for everyone. We have to put the needs of the 99% ahead of the greed of the 1%, unlike the two major corporate parties”

The Greens won nine of Germany’s ten largest cities.  The Greens finished third in France and second in Finland while tripling their vote in Ireland and doubling their vote in the United Kingdom.  Reuters reports that in the Netherlands, exit polls showed GroenLinks’ (GreenLeft’s) share of the vote increased to 10.5%. In the previous month on April 22nd, Canadian Greens topped Prince Edward Island’s two-party status quo, coming in second to become the official Opposition party.

Ska Keller, one of the European Greens’ two lead candidates for the post of European Commission president, said that any parliamentary group that wanted Green support would have to “deliver on our three key principles: climate action, civil liberties, and social justice”

The Green Party plans to run hundreds of candidates for local office throughout the United States in 2019.

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Erlanger, Steven, et. al.  European Parliament Elections:  Five Biggest Takeaways   home viagra sildenafil female viagra https://alsrideforlife.org/programs-assistance/3040-cialis-online-hong-kong/17/ access rx viagra herbal viagra in kenya cialis online canadian pharmacy click source link college entry essay prompts follow site https://comedyhype.com/case-study-theory/ cytotec used to induce labor requip drug and cigarette smoke parts of a research paper apa style homework help on http://medinahealthcare.org/brand-viagra-overnight-no-prescription/ http://essexlibrary.org/essay-writing-about-success-2940/ jeu de mots avec viagra write an essay about your school library captain speech go instructions for taking clomid viagra and and stimulant drugs https://geneseelandlordassoc.org/category/conclusion-essay/44/ viagra grapefruit juice canada cheap viagra jelly https://behereforme.org/herbal-viagra-in-bangalore/ watch follow link how to write disagree essay follow link New York Times, May 28, 2019

Jordans, Frank. Green parties’ gains could boost climate action in Europe WRAL, May 27, 2019

Henley, John.  Greens surge as parties make strongest ever showing across Europe  The Guardian, May 26, 2019

Morrison, Sean.  Green Party pushes Tories into fifth place in UK European election race as it more than doubles tally of MEPs   Evening Standard, May 26, 2019

Summary for Policymakers of IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C approved by governments

Leahy, Stephen.  Climate change impacts worse than expected, global report warns National Geographic, October 7, 2018

Green Party of the U.S. Platform: Ecological Sustainability

Green Party of the U.S. Platform:  Economic Justice and Sustainability

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About Kevin Zeese

Kevin Zeese is a public interest attorney who has worked for economic, racial and environmental justice as well as peace since graduating from George Washington Law School in 1980. He co-directs PopularResistance.org which works to build the independent movement for transformational change. Zeese co-hosts, Clearing the FOG a radio podcast which airs on We Act Radio, Progressive Radio Network, and other outlets.  He is recognized as a leading activist in the United States in the series Americans Who Tell the Truth. Zeese was an organizer of the Occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC in 2011.  He serves as president of Common Sense for Drug Policy and is a co-founder of the Drug Policy Foundation, now known as Drug Policy Alliance as well as a former director of NORML. He is a co-founder of Health Over Profit for Everyone which seeks to put in place National Improved Medicare for All. Zeese is an advocate of Internet Freedom and is a leader of the campaign for Title II Net Neutrality to ensure equal access and treatment for everyone on the Internet.  Zeese served on the steering committees of the Chelsea Manning Support Network which advocated for the Wikileaks whistleblower and is on the advisory board of the Courage Foundation which supports Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and other whistleblowers. Zeese is an election integrity advocate who a co-founded TrueVote Maryland which led a successful campaign to end the use of paperless voting machines in the state.  He has been active in independent and third party political campaigns including Peter Camejo for governor of California served as press secretary and spokesperson for Ralph Nader in 2004 and as a senior advisor to Jill Stein in 2016.  He ran for the US Senate in 2006; the only person ever nominated by the Green, Libertarian and Populist Parties of Maryland and the only person ever nominated by the Green and Libertarian Parties for a statewide office. Zeese served as Attorney General in the Green Shadow Cabinet.

7 thoughts on “People’s Demand for Climate Action Drives Green Party Vote Surge Throughout Europe

  1. Andrew

    Why has no one mentioned that the ALDE gained almost 40 seats?… they’re the liberal/libertarian/centrist block of the EU.

  2. SocraticGadfly

    On the other hand, I am sure Kevin knows enough about European Greens to know that on the complete package of political issues, they’re liberals, not leftists, kind of like San Francisco Democrats or something.

    Otherwise, I have no doubt that there were other, often local, factors in Green success, like Labour’s muddle-headedness on Brexit in the UK.

  3. Starchild

    Andrew – Never heard of the “ALDE”, can you say more about them? In particular, what’s libertarian about them?

    What you say is interesting, because if they gained almost 40 seats, that’s about double the gains of the Greens as reported by Kevin – and I did in fact hear about the Greens doing well on NPR, but nothing about this other bloc you mention.

  4. Andrew

    The ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) is an EU-wide parliamentary party/group that for the most part espouses libertarian and “classical liberal” views (I put it in quotes because there’s really no other type of liberalism in Europe other than the “classical” version). The Free Democratic Party of Germany, Democratic Movement (shortened to MoDem in French) of France, and the UK Liberal Democrats are all part of said group.

  5. paulie

    The ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) is an EU-wide parliamentary party/group that for the most part espouses libertarian and “classical liberal” views (I put it in quotes because there’s really no other type of liberalism in Europe other than the “classical” version). The Free Democratic Party of Germany, Democratic Movement (shortened to MoDem in French) of France, and the UK Liberal Democrats are all part of said group.

    You would have to define libertarian very, very loosely for any of those parties to be called that.

  6. Andrew

    Well… they all fall in or near the right-libertarian block on the political compass chart on politicalcompass.org.

  7. paulie

    I’m not a big fan of the “political compass” – the quiz had lots of questions I really had no answer to or based on premises I reject and scores me around center-libertarian than where I actually am (left libertarian) primarily because I reject some big government or privately coercive “solutions”, not because I am in any way actually right wing or centrist. I think the Nolan quiz/LP diamond chart is overall much more sound, but if it wasn’t hard to graph in 2D could use a foreign/military policy third dimension, demonstrating that libertarians are in fact closer to the left than the right, not equidistant.

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