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Green Party Korea

About

The Green Party Korea pursues to be a party where grass-roots take leading roles, supporting decentralization with various democratic principles including the direct democracy system and lottery system, realizing equality from itself, reflecting minorities’ opinions including women, the disabled, emigrant, youth, and with low threshold for everyone to participate in. 

The party is more concerned with the process and communication than effectiveness in discussion and tries to respect minorities’ opinions as much as possible regardless of the cases that majority decisions are inevitable. We respect autonomies of each lay party member even though we have to follow majority decision. We try to make more than 50% of ratio of women when forming all representative bodies and committees. We guarantee that the disabled, youth and monitories account for more than a certain ratio or number to expand their participation in political activities.


Structure

Green Party Korea is an alliance of independent regional parties. 

Each entity is independent in its decision-making process and activities and shares its goals and values with Green Party Korea including ecological wisdom, social justice, grass-roots democracy, non-violence peace, continuity and respecting diversity. 

Green Party Korea is made up of grass roots and various gathering among party members. The groups include youths, vegetarians, animal welfare and regions. 

There is a steering committee as a legislative body for general affairs. The committee consists of common chairperson, secretary general, regional chairperson, chairperson for preparatory committee to turn into a political party, 1 out of 100 party members in local governments and youth party gathering representative.

The Green Party national secretariat functions as the center for network and communication with each regional party, different from other parties’ central party where all powers are concentrated.


History

The preparatory committee for Green Party Korea was founded in Oct 30, 2011. 

A politic party can be created only if there are more than 1000 party members in 5 cities in provinces each in accordance with the Korea’s Political Party Act. Already, a lot of people agreed the values of green and implemented the concept in their lifestyle. The power of acting citizens showed infinite possibility from various times.

The initiator ceremony for a new “Green Party” was held on Oct 30, followed by November 5 in Gyeonggi-do, November 11 in Seoul and November 17 in Busan. Then, Jeju-island, Chungcheongnam-do and Daegu City followed the trend.

Each region started mustering party members from scratch and finally, Gyeonggi-do held the inauguration ceremony in February 5, 2012 as the first cities and provinces party then in Seoul on February 12.The next inauguration ceremonies followed in Busan City on February 14, in Daegu City on February 23 and in Choongcheongnam-do on February 26. And the national Green Party inauguration ceremony eventually was held on March 4, 2012! It was the moment that the real green politics taking care of regions and minorities was about to start.

Afterwards, the Green Party Korea has actively performed activities including participation in 2012 general election with 3 proportional representatives under 3 subjects: non-nuclear, agriculture, life and by regional district candidates in Gijang-Eul, Busan City and in Yeongduk,Yeongyang, Bonghwa, Uljin, Gyeongsangbuk-do where nuclear power stations are placed. The party obtained about 100,000 votes in total, accounting for 0.48% of the total votes, resulting in the fact that the registration as a political party was terminated. However, we immediately undertook activities for re-foundation and continue preparation for forming the party after report of preparatory committee on April 26, 2012 with the new name of Green Party+(plus/더하기, which also means "do more" in Korean). At last, we re-launched Green Party of Korea successfully on the date of 13th October 2012.

We continue to realize the world of peace of life and non-nuclear with wider perspective and more passion from the previous experience.

We will move forward with true heart but not desperately as if we sprout a new bud in spring 2012 with cooperative study and discussion.


Korea & US Green Party's Joint-Statement against THAAD

Korean Greens and the Green Party of the United States published a joint statement on Monday, Sept. 19 against deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in South Korea.


박근혜 "온실가스 감축" 알고 보니 '딴나라' 이야기

 파리총회에 참가하고 있는 한국 종교계와 시민사회 피켓시위 박근혜 대통령이 유네스코 특별연설하는 건물 앞에서 종교계를 비롯한 한국시민사회 참가단에 항의 집회를 하고 있다
박근혜 대통령이 지난달 30일(현지 시각) 제21차 유엔기후변화협약 당사국총회(COP21)에서 한 연설이 화제이다. 한국은 신기후체제 출범을 위해 2030년까지 BAU 대비 온실가스 37%를 줄이는 '야심찬' 목표를 설정했다고 발표했다. 에너지 신산업 육성을 통해 100조 시장을 열고, 50만 개의 일자리를 창출한다는 비전도 제시했다. 그러나 대통령이 제시한 목표는 '야심찬' 것이 아니며, 멋지게 보이는 에너지 '신세계'는 한국에서 벌어지는 상황과는 딴판이다. 대통령이 국제사회에서 한국이 아닌 '딴 나라' 이야기를 한 것일까? 녹색당이 대통령의 기후변화총회 연설을 분석했다.


A commentary on the UK General Election 2015 - a problem of the electoral system

The UK election is over. The Green Party Korea expresses the deepest gratitude for the UK Green Party’s hard work as a member of the Global Greens. The interesting result of the election was reminiscent of Korean politics.


Green Party Korea’s statement on the 20th meeting of parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 20)

The principle that life matters more than money should prevail in the UNFCCC COP 20 in Peru! Life is more essential! Let us pay for the cost of carbon emission reduction! We call for South Korea’s Park administration to abandon its plan to increase nuclear power and kick off an effort to cut back carbon emission on a full scale. The 20th meeting of parties to the UN Framework Convention on... more


Korea's greenhouse gas emissions

South Korea’s Park Geun-hye administration scores zero when it comes to the willingness to scale back emissions of greenhouse gases. The Park administration evades the responsibility to address climate change by increasing nuclear power plants and losing grip on emission trading. Korea is the world’s seventh largest emitter of greenhouse gases. In other words, Korea bears a great duty in helping... more


Details Year Date % of vote Number of votes Reps Elected

The party obtained about 100,000 votes in total, accounting for 0.48% of the total votes. Korean law terminates the registration of political parties who do not pass the 3%. Therefore The Korea Green Party immediately began the activities needed for re-r

2012 19 Dec 0.48%  100000

Korea Greens climate actions

20 September, 2014
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Participants in the People's Climate March, a global civic movement to demand government action on climate change, pose in front of City Hall in central Seoul, Sunday, before marching to Jongno.  While Korea Greens members participated in the marches, the party prepared for a debate on the denuclearisation of Korea  토론회 -한국의 탈핵과 삼척 핵발전소 주민투표] 삼척 시민들이 신규 핵발전소 유치의 찬반을 묻는 주민투표를 10월 9일 개최할 예정입니다. 한국의... more


Koreans call for renewable energy

20 September, 2014
90+ activists: Avaaz, Korea Green Party, Green Environment Youth Korea (GEYK), and many other NGOs and individuals will march on the street to urge the city to have more Renewable energy ASAP. Route of People's Climate March in Korea: City Hall station exit #5 → City Hall three-way intersection → Moogyo St. → Moogyo-dong intersection → Gwanggyo intersection → Cheonggye 2 ga intersection → Jongno... more


Animal Welfare Act Enactment Campaign

15 September, 2014
The number of companion animals has risen rapidly but contrarily, in poor condition are regional and governmental institutions for protecting animals and co-existence with human beings. The Green Party has campaigned to revise Animal Protection Act wholly, to introduce the concept of Animal Welfare of farm animals and companion animals. To stand up as more effective political party in the 2014... more


No Electricity Tower in Milyang Campaign

15 September, 2014
In Korea, already 23 units of nuclear plants are in operation. The former government, however, accelerated nuclear plant increase policy. As a result, it is a big issue in Korean society that super-voltage electricity tower construction to transmit electricity, produced from nuclear plants, to metropolis and big industries. The super-voltage towers are in construction in Milyang, Gyeongsangnam-do... more


Safe Meals from Radioactivity Campaign

15 September, 2014
After the Fukushima crisis in Japan, radioactive-contaminated water effluence and contamination problems have influenced on Korea, especially resulting in hard conditions of guaranteeing safe meals. To secure safe meals for children and youths, who are more vulnerable to radioactivity, the Green Party has campaigned for promoting each region to enact regional ordinance for getting rid of... more


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Korea & US Green Party's Joint-Statement against THAAD

Korean Greens and the Green Party of the United States published a joint statement on Monday, Sept. 19 against deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in South Korea.


박근혜 "온실가스 감축" 알고 보니 '딴나라' 이야기

 파리총회에 참가하고 있는 한국 종교계와 시민사회 피켓시위 박근혜 대통령이 유네스코 특별연설하는 건물 앞에서 종교계를 비롯한 한국시민사회 참가단에 항의 집회를 하고 있다
박근혜 대통령이 지난달 30일(현지 시각) 제21차 유엔기후변화협약 당사국총회(COP21)에서 한 연설이 화제이다. 한국은 신기후체제 출범을 위해 2030년까지 BAU 대비 온실가스 37%를 줄이는 '야심찬' 목표를 설정했다고 발표했다. 에너지 신산업 육성을 통해 100조 시장을 열고, 50만 개의 일자리를 창출한다는 비전도 제시했다. 그러나 대통령이 제시한 목표는 '야심찬' 것이 아니며, 멋지게 보이는 에너지 '신세계'는 한국에서 벌어지는 상황과는 딴판이다. 대통령이 국제사회에서 한국이 아닌 '딴 나라' 이야기를 한 것일까? 녹색당이 대통령의 기후변화총회 연설을 분석했다.


A commentary on the UK General Election 2015 - a problem of the electoral system

The UK election is over. The Green Party Korea expresses the deepest gratitude for the UK Green Party’s hard work as a member of the Global Greens. The interesting result of the election was reminiscent of Korean politics.


Green Party Korea’s statement on the 20th meeting of parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 20)

The principle that life matters more than money should prevail in the UNFCCC COP 20 in Peru! Life is more essential! Let us pay for the cost of carbon emission reduction! We call for South Korea’s Park administration to abandon its plan to increase nuclear power and kick off an effort to cut back carbon emission on a full scale. The 20th meeting of parties to the UN Framework Convention on... more


Korea's greenhouse gas emissions

South Korea’s Park Geun-hye administration scores zero when it comes to the willingness to scale back emissions of greenhouse gases. The Park administration evades the responsibility to address climate change by increasing nuclear power plants and losing grip on emission trading. Korea is the world’s seventh largest emitter of greenhouse gases. In other words, Korea bears a great duty in helping... more


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