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The Australian Green Charter. With inserts from today’s news.

THE GREEN PARTY  CHARTER>
We live at a crucial time in history. Never before have we had so many answers to the problems that have dogged our developing world. Solutions now exist that could greatly decrease the poverty; hunger and ill-health of our fellow humans and we now have technologies to reduce and repair much of the ecological damage to our planet.

Clean air; clean water and ecological sustainability are possible. Yet this is not being achieved. World-wide; governments lack the political will to make the necessary adjustments that will bring an end to the conflict; pollution; poor health and social inequity that characterise our time.

The Greens have evolved in this climate to show a new way forward. A Green response to the ecological crisis proceeds on the basis of a respect for all life; both human and non-human. We recognise the mutual interdependence between humanity and the rest of nature and we seek to move toward an ecologically sustainable path.

https://www.smh.com.au/national/duped-at-the-dump-recycling-rort-as-the-truth-is-buried-20180219-p4z0v7.html

We seek to eradicate poverty; oppression and discrimination and to build a society underpinned by values of participatory democracy; social justice; and the respect for cultural and ecological diversity. We aim to transform the political; social and economic structures that disempower and oppress people and to develop a rich; participatory cultural life that enables the flourishing of new democratic movements for progressive change.

We believe that contesting elections is a necessary step toward the building of an ecologically sustainable and socially just society; but that it is by no means the only step. We seek to encourage and facilitate grassroots movements and community initiatives that are working towards ecological responsibility; social justice; affirmative action and global equity. We seek to avoid parochialism and to cultivate a global; ecological consciousness and a long-term perspective in order to safeguard the interests of both existing and future generations and nonhuman species. We believe Australia should play an active role in building a more co-operative world that is capable of addressing the glaring disparities in energy and resource consumption and quality of life between rich and poor. We aim to extend recognition and assistance to progressive social movements in other countries and to international institutions that are working toward these ends.

Reflecting an awareness of the interrelatedness of all ecological; social and economic processes the general principles of The Greens are:

Ecology
To ensure that human activity respects the integrity of ecosystems and does not impair biodiversity and ecological resilience of life-supporting systems.

https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/really-extreme-global-weather-event-leaves-scientists-aghast-20180226-p4z1q4.html

To encourage the development of a consciousness that respects the value of all life.
Democracy
To increase opportunities for public participation in political; social and economic decision making.
To break down inequalities of wealth and power which inhibit participatory democracy.
Social justice
To eradicate poverty by developing initiatives that address the causes as well as the symptoms of poverty.
To provide affirmative action to eliminate discrimination based on gender; age; race; ethnicity; class; religion; disability; sexuality; or membership of a minority group.
To introduce measures that redress the imbalance of wealth between rich and poor.
Peace
To adopt and promote the nonviolent resolution of conflict.
To develop an independent; nonaligned foreign policy and a non-nuclear; defensive; self-reliant defence policy.
An ecologically sustainable economy
To develop economic policies that will ensure greater resource and energy efficiency and development and use of environmentally sustainable technologies.
To reduce dependence on non-renewable resources and ensure sustainable use of renewable resources.
To adopt more comprehensive social; environmental and technology assessment practices.
To facilitate socially and ecologically responsible investment.
Meaningful Work
To encourage; develop and assist work that is safe; fairly paid; socially useful; personally fulfilling and not harmful to the environment.
To encourage and facilitate more flexible work arrangements (such as job sharing, part-time work, self-employment); on-going education; training and social welfare (including child-care) so that more people can engage in meaningful work.
Culture
To respect and protect ethnic; religious; racial diversity.
To recognise the cultural requirements of the original Australians and to assist in ensuring the achievement of Aboriginal land rights and self- determination.
Information
To facilitate a free flow of information between citizens and all tiers of government..
To ensure that Australians have the benefit of a locally responsible; diverse; democratically controlled and independent mass media.
Global responsibility
To promote equity between nations and peoples by:

facilitating fair trading relationships.
providing for increased development assistance and concerted international action to abolish Third World Debt
providing increased green technology transfer and skills to developing countries
opposing human rights abuses and political oppression
ensuring that Australia plays an active role in promoting peace and ecological sustainability.
Long-term future focus
To avoid action which might risk long-term or irreversible damage to the environment.
To safeguard the planet’s ecological resources and values on behalf of future generations.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/25/mass-mortality-events-animal-conservation-climate-change

So why are we not hearing anything from the local Greens on the mass poisoning of the camphor and Coral trees in our Shire?

Pesticide Action Network – UK
11 hrs · February 2018
Great initiative launched by Pesticide Safe Bristol Alliance (PSBA), a campaign supported by local environment and food groups.

They are asking gardeners in Bristol who keep weeds at bay without toxic chemicals to “Take the pledge: declare your outdoor space pesticide-free”.

The world’s best-selling weed killer, glyphosate, is being banned by cities right across France due to concerns around its links to cancer, and by local authorities in Glastonbury and Hammersmith. Despite promising to “stop using harmful pesticides” in 2016, Bristol City Council continues to apply glyphosate without warning in streets, housing estates and other public spaces.

The PSBA is calling on householders to lead the way. Whether you have a garden, allotment or just a driveway, take the pledge and declare your outdoor space a pesticide free zone. Pledgers will be provided with resources on alternative weed control techniques, and how to safely dispose of pesticides.

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Working Bee.

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare, next working bee will be on Saturday, the 4th of July, from 9 am to 1pm, at Brunswick Heads Crown Land Reserve site. Meet at the end of South Beach Road fire track gate. If you come later, walk 150 m along the beach from the dog walking beach access track, heading South and turn west into the dunes. We will be there, doing Bitou Bush primary work.

Last working bee we have completed the follow up work on the whole area, 5 hectares, thanks to the hands of dedicated volunteers. From now, till the hot months of summer, we will be working on a quarter hectare of Bitou Bush Primary work, so come and join us for this exciting last bit, as it is not long now before Bitou Bush will be part of history on this site.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2015/jul/02/new-study-warns-of-dangerous-climate-change-risks-to-the-earths-oceans

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You cannot solve a problem with the same level of consciousness that created it – Einstein

http://pesticideinfo.org/List_ChemicalsAlpha.jsp?ChemName=G

When the original forest cover was removed in the Northern Rivers, camphor laurel was introduced because it was fast growing and provided much-needed shade for both livestock and homes. It soon filled the void following failed dairy farming and banana plantations and after most of the original trees were removed, it is now declared noxious by short sighted politicians and  pre 1788ers.  Almost all of the native food source for birds was removed by European  farming/tree harvesting colonization. For insects and other fauna  the camphor laurel soon provided much-needed sustenance. It has been recorded over 40 insects, along with many birds  depend on camphor laurel for their precarious and lucky survival as their original food sources were removed. So to see whole areas poisoned locally is a tragedy and reflects our short-term thinking with-out any historical hind-sight. And these people advocating complete removal of the camphor really are showing the same ignorance that the early settlers did when they first brought European farming practices to Australia’s quite different ecology.

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/offtrack/grumpy-scientists/4369260

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/12/us-glyphosate-idUSTRE77B58A20110812

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