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This Saturday March 28th is Earth Hour - at 8:30 pm local time in whatever place you are join citizens and institutions from all over the world and switch off the lights at home or in your office and pledge to work for climate action. Earth Hour this year is especially important in the lead up to the 21st UN climate meeting in December. It is a chance to send a strong message to governments that they must tackle climate change urgently. Earth Hour started in 2007 as a lights-off event to raise... Read more
Global Greens meeting
The Global Greens network is organising a coordination meeting in the social and sustainable space called ‘Mundo B’ (placed in Brussels) from Wednesday 18th to Saturday 21th of March. We are expecting 20 people from all around the world to participate in our discussions, including representatives from the four Green federations (Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and America). One member of the Global Young Green steering committee is also coming to represent the view of the young greens. Amongst the... Read more
Adamou Garba, Niger
The shocking murder of the Charlie Hebdo journalists in January reverberated around the world and in Niger precipitated violent protests in several cities, unheard of in a country known for religious tolerance. This comes on top of a Boko Harem insurgency in the north-east and an ongoing political crisis following President Mahamadou Issoufou's failure to form a government of national unity. Read more
Freedom this way (by Niclieden)
The Egyptian Green Party believes that the Global Greens will commit a grave mistake if the press crisis in the Arab region is confined to the issue of the Al-Jazeera Satellite channel journalists. If the only interest is in the release of foreign journalists many negative consequences for press freedom in the region will be ignored. Read more
After years working to create environmental awareness in Mexican society, the Green Party of Mexico (Partido Ecologista Verde de México, PEVM) gained wide popular and parliamentary support to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. All political parties in Mexico overwhelmingly endorsed this democratic decision. It displays a remarkable and encouraging development of human society in developing a consciousness of love and respect for life in all its forms and manifestations; something... Read more
The European Greens are organising a joint climate campaign in the lead up to Paris 2015. But instead of horror stories and alarmism the message will be positive - 'We are changing climate policy. We are not waiting for governments to act.' Read more
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Between 5 and 7 December 2014 the Federation of the Green Parties of the Americas (FPVA) held its 15th Annual Meeting in Lima Peru. On that occasion they issued a political statement regarding the state of democracy and the environment in the American continent. Read more
The Green Party’s Chairperson, Liaquat Ali Sheikh, tells us about the upcoming local elections in Pakistan. Pakistan right now Corruption is pervasive. “My home province Sindh is one of the best examples in the world for corruption and bad governance, largely due to the consolidation between the dominant parties” says Liaquat. The current government under the Pakistan Peoples Party absorbs opposition groups by behaving like a mafia; either buying the opposition with bribes and government... Read more
The year 2015 is the year for leadership on climate change and inequality. Read more
Hamburg Greens 'top team', Katharina Fegebank and Jens Kerstan
Greens in the German state of Hamburg won 12.2% of the vote in elections on 15 February and are set to form a coalition government with the Social Democrats (SPD). Read more
Greek Ecologist Greens
Syriza's win in the Greek elections on 25 January 2015 was a massive vote for change - for an end to austerity and a socially fair way out of Greece's debt crisis. The Greek Ecologist Greens are part of the Syriza coalition. Read more
Happy Lunar New Year, with thanks to the Green Party of Taiwan, as we enter the year of the goat. Read more
Our last Global Greens News for 2014 comes soon after the disappointing - though not entirely disastrous - COP20 climate conference in Lima Peru; read the Greens' verdict in GG News. There is also a link to the Global Greens statement condemning the Taliban's barbaric slaughter of the children in Peshawar. Plus - an interview with outgoing EGP Secretary-General Jacqueline Cremers, other news from the Green world and a look back at the year by Global Greens Convener Margaret Blakers. Next year... Read more
Global Greens statutes signed at La Paz GGC meeting
Way back in 2001, at the first Global Greens Congress in Canberra, Reinhard Buetikofer proposed that the Greens should unite around a single battlecry – ‘save the climate’. This year we finally took our first real steps towards this aim. Not only is there huge potential for Greens locally and globally to connect and share common strategies for action on climate change and energy; it is imperative that we do so – climate change presents such an existential threat to humanity and to the... Read more
Green women at the Lima FPVA meeting
Greens from all over the world got together in Lima during the COP20 Conference between 1 and 12 December 2014. It was a key occasion to gather together representatives from our Global Greens Federations: Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Unfortunately, the African Greens could not be present in Lima. Read Veronica's account and listen to interviews with Green leaders from around the world. Read more
The Lima climate talks did not go far enough to engender confidence for an ambitious global pact in Paris, but it has pulled negotiations back from the brink of collapse. If this UN process is to change for the better, we must accept that two realities are being lived by rich and poor nations, and Australia must stop being miserly and obstructive. Developed countries want to focus on mitigation. The developing world, like our Pacific Island neighbours, are struggling with the impacts of ever... Read more
COP20 in Lima was not an unmitigated disaster, but it fell short of launching us into the final sprint to Paris with anything that could be described as momentum. It should be understood not as a new “deal” for the climate, but as a 12-month work plan leading to COP21. While the final decision on the ADP (Ad Hoc Working Group on Durban Platform for Enhanced Action) bent in a few critical places to reflect the over-whelming concern from developing countries that the Lima decision not be allowed... Read more
The European Parliament today narrowly failed to reject new fuel quality rules proposed by the EU Commission, which do not include a separate methodology for assessing greenhouse gas emissions from tar sands oil (1). The proposed rejection needed the support of an absolute majority of the Parliament to go through but only secured a simple majority of those voting. The result will make it easier for oil from tar sands to be sold in the EU. After the vote, Green climate change spokesperson Bas... Read more
Jacqueline Cremers, outgoing EGP Secretary General
Jacqueline Cremers, Secretary General of the European Green Party ends her mandate (second term of office) in December 2014. She was interviewed by Alice Rosmi for GG News. Question: What do you see are the biggest challenges for the European Greens in the years to come? Answer: To keep our electorate close to us and yet at the same time attract the attention of shifting voters. I think this can be achieved my improving the way Greens communicate, we need to be closer to people. Question: If... Read more
Senator Waters with climate guardian angels
While Australia’s conservative, anti-science Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, fought to keep climate change off the agenda at the G20, world leaders and the community made sure it was a focus. According to our climate denialist Prime Minister, climate change is apparently not an economic issue. This is of course despite the facts that climate change will have a major impact on food security and human health and will risk entire nations through sea level rise. Many of the world’s major economies... Read more

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