The Green Party of 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.
Green Party of 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 of 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.
Until the Birth
The preparatory committee for Green Party of 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 of 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.
The followings are where initiator ceremonies were held with more than 100 people:
Incheon Green Party(Preparatory Committee) : email@example.com
Jeju Green Party(Preparatory Committee) : firstname.lastname@example.org
Gyoungnam Green Party(Preparatory Committee) : email@example.com
Gyoungbuk Green Party(Preparatory Committee) : firstname.lastname@example.org
2012 General Election Pledge of GP Korea (Summary)
Let’s get out of nuclear!
Old nuclear power plant is the nuclear bomb We are living with the danger of radioactive and nuclear while neglecting frequent accidents and cover-up of Gori nuclear power station. Old nuclear power station is as much dangerous as the one in Fukushima on earthquake. We are working on the regulation of “obsolescence nuclear power station shutdown”.
Checking radioactive-contaminated food We will trace imported seafood from Japan, its distribution channels and open the information. Also, we will enhance the standard for food radioactive and open the result of measurement. We will fight for our real meal not for the politics table.
We can make non-nuclear society German government decided to shut down all nuclear power stations until 2022. It is the result of German Green Party’s efforts. Green Party Korea will work for “ 2030 non-nuclear& energy switch basic law” and non-nuclear scenario and also realize the cooperation with east-northern Asia including China which is building dozens of nuclear power stations.
Let’s save agriculture and life industry from crises
We will stop FTA and protect our autonomy for food by saving agriculture industry
We will guarantee basic income for farmers and develop small size farms rather than enterprise farms
We will support policies for those who want to return to farming villages to get out of urban-centered lifestyle
We will support organic local school meals, urban agriculture, kitchen gardens of schools and kindergartens
We will develop co-operative and social enterprises and strengthen the public character of banks
‘Right to Life’ – Live together with animal
We will make animal right as a constitutional right
We will prohibit animal abuses and look for solutions on animal abandonment, currently recorded over 100,000
We will switch to animal welfare farming system from immoral and unsafe factory stockbreeding system
We will respect vegetarian’s right to choose and try to promote vegetarian culture
We will ban commercial usage and breeding of endangered species like Asiatic black bears.
Let’s get out of chronic fatigue
We will try to bail out of ranking 1 for labor hours per week among OECD members
We will prevent from unfair bargains between Large enterprises and small-medium enterprises and will improve the polarizing situation of Prime and Subcontractor
We will set up 30 hours work per weekday as legal working time limit and following legal quitting time of business
We will guarantee the living cost in order to enable peaceful daily life with the minimum necessary labor
We will introduce labor participation in business management system and labor-enterprise profit balance system to the society
We will make politics for women, minority and youth
We will make balance of life by 35 hours per week working time limit system for the parents who have children under 13
We will guarantee the diversity of family type by protecting rights of sexual minorities and by partnership system
We will guarantee marriage emigrant’s sojourn and shut down the policy of personal reference requirement
We will provide with more rental housing for youth and unmarried women
We will use large enterprises’ internal reserves as youth employment funds
We will realize the conscientious objection and legalize alternative services
We will realize the human right of adolescents and low the age limit of right to be elected
We will support school management through democratic participation and alternative education
We will limit the number of students per class up to 20
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