Ten Key Values

Ecological Wisdom
We recognize that the Earth sustains all life processes. Green ecology moves beyond environmentalism by understanding the common roots of the abuse of nature, the abuse of animals, and the abuse of people. Whatever we do to the web of life, we do to ourselves.

Social Justice
We want to replace the worldwide system of poverty and injustice with a world free of all oppression based on class, sex, race, citizenship, age, or sexual orientation.

Grassroots Democracy
We believe in direct participation by all people in the environmental, political, and economic decisions that affect their lives.

Nonviolence
We reject violence as a way of settling disputes — it is shortsighted, morally wrong, and ultimately self-defeating. We work to create a world where war is obsolete.

Decentralization
Power and responsibility must be restored to local communities within an overall framework of ecologically sound and socially just values and lifestyles.

Community-based Economics
We seek a new economics based upon the natural limits of the Earth which meets the basic needs of everyone on the planet under democratic, localized community control.

Feminist Values
The Green movement is profoundly inspired by feminist values. The ethics of cooperation and understanding must replace the values of domination and control over others.

Respect for Diversity
We honor the biological diversity of the Earth and the cultural, racial, sexual and spiritual diversity of the Earth’s people. We aim to reclaim this country’s finest ideals: popular democracy, the dignity of the individual, and liberty and justice for all.

Personal and Global Responsibility
We are committed to global sustainability and international justice through political solidarity. We strive to create personal lifestyles based upon sufficiency and living lightly.

Future Focus
Like the Iroquois, we seek a society where the interests of the seventh generation yet to come are considered equal to the interests of the present generation. We must reclaim the future for ourselves and for our children.

Ten Key Values of state and local Greens
There is no authoritative version of the Ten Key Values of the Greens.  The Ten Key Values are guiding principles that are adapted and defined to fit each state and local chapter.

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