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The Green Party is comprised of a federation of state Green Parties. However, the United States isn’t the only country to have a Green Party. Similar political groups can be found worldwide.

The very first Green Party was organized in Hobart, New Zealand, under the name the New Zealand Values Party. The group committed itself to such ideals as zero population growth, zero economic growth and reform in laws.

Though the New Zealand Values Party had difficulty in getting a foot in Parliament in those early days, it served as a springboard for an international movement and the formation of other parties with the same values.

The first Green Party group to reach national prominence was founded in Germany in 1979.

The U.S. Green Party

The Green Party in the United States traces its roots back to the Green Committees of Correspondence, which was founded in the summer of 1984. The Green Party was initially formed as a response of citizens and activists who were against corporate-dominated politics. Activists, environmentalists, advocates for social justice and other likeminded citizens banded together to form a new political party aimed at bringing democracy back to the people of the nation.

Eventually the party would evolve into the Association of State Green Parties.

Alaska has the distinction of being the first state that granted the Green Party ballot status (1990). California extended the same status in 1992. Since then, many other states parties have been formed.

Famed attorney and political activist Ralph Nader holds the distinction of being the Green Party’s first presidential nominee. Nader ran for president in both 1996 and 2000. Though Nader did not win, his actions and that of the Green Party supporters inspired many others to become active in Green Party causes and action.

The Green Party: 10 Key Values

The Green Party’s values are outlined in the party’s 10 key values, which were ratified in 2000 at the Green Party Convention in Denver:

  1. Grassroots Democracy
  2. Social Justice and Equal Opportunity
  3. Ecological Wisdom
  4. Non-Violence
  5. Decentralization
  6. Community-Based Economics and Economic Justice
  7. Feminism and Gender Equality
  8. Respect for Diversity
  9. Personal and Global Responsibility
  10. Future Focus and Sustainability

The Green Party Today

The Association of State Green Parties, which existed from 1996 to 2001, was reformed in 2001 as the Green Party of the United States. The party remains committed to spreading the word about the still relatively new political party and encouraging people to take action on a grassroots level to effectuate change within their community and on a national and international level.

Green Party growth has been very rapid since its 2001 reincarnation. Many Americans are disillusioned with politics or are tired of bureaucracy and ineffective policies. Also, many people who are drawn to the Green Party feel that corporate money and special interests run Washington, D.C. These citizens have enthusiastically embraced a party that does not accept corporate money and that has aims to work toward peace, civil rights and ecological balance.