FreeWord – Green Politics, part 1 – General Concept
The purpose of this 2 part series is to review green political and governmental decision-making ability and its accountability in the global environmental situation and orientate you with the basic knowledge of green politics. In addition, the relationships between concentrated or distributed renewable energy and political power. After all, the transition to renewable energy is essentially a political struggle; efforts to shift from fossil fuels and to remove carbon dioxide from societies. This transition will not be effective without encountering and destabilizing the today’s dominant fossil powered energy systems. The need for appraisal would not be so urgent if environmental conditions were not so dire. The authoritative mainstream political perspectives such as liberalism, socialism, and conservatism are alike in viewing nature as either a hostile force to be conquered or a resource base to be exploited for human purposes.
What is Green Politics?
Green Politics is a relatively recent political movement that places a concern for nature at the top of its agenda. Green politics, or ecopolitics, are a set of political ideologies and social movements that aims to foster an ecologically sustainable society rooted in environmentalism, nonviolence, social justice, and grassroots democracy. Green politics is advocated by supporters of the Green movement, which has been active through Green parties in many nations since the early 1980s.
Green Politics focuses on issues that are extremely old in politics and philosophical inquiry – such as the relationship between the human and nonhuman worlds, the moral status of animals, what is the ‘good life’ and the ethical and political regulation of technological innovation.
The Green Thinking
The economy should take account for externalization better. Let’s say two people trade with each other, selfishly. They rarely feel the need to assess the impacts of their exchange on the surroundings around them. For the public interest, the results must always be taken into account and, ultimately, the polluter should pay, so that future pollution could be avoided.
The four pillars of Green Party
Green thinkers believe that humans have a tremendous power of nature that places a special responsibility on our species to limit our dimensions and use our power wisely and well. The Greens point out that the fate of the earth and all its beings now depends on an unprecedented quality of human decisions and actions. For we are not only dependent on nature, but nature also depends on our care, restraint, and patience. Humans have the resources to destroy the earth’s inhabitants and the ecosystems that sustain them in just a few minutes. Simply put, the humans coexisting in harmony with nature, determines the future of our planet. All mainstream political perspectives, in short, share an anthropocentric, or human-centered, bias. The typical green win-win situation is where changes to dramatic reductions in emissions will also significantly benefit the quality of life of most people.
Green Politics Today
The rise of scientific and popular concern over the fate of the planet, linked to countless problems, has rekindled the debate over issues such as sustainable development and overpopulation. Our planet has not seen such a spasm of extinction since the dinosaurs disappeared – 65 million years ago. New social and political movements are emerging in response to these crises that are considered to be both long-term and systemic. The crisis that gave rise to the broad-based green movement is an environmental crisis, which is in fact, a series of interrelated crises caused by such things as overpopulation, air and water pollution, deforestation, desertification, and the rapid extinction of whole regions, plant and animal species, the greenhouse effect, acid rain, and depletion of the ozone layer. Most of the causes are by-products from technological innovation, such as the internal combustion engine. However, these environmental crises are not only caused by technological achievements but also cultural and political reasons.
Green politics’ goal overall is to achieve a more environmentally-friendly version of the current system. Thus, proverbially The Greens are aware that the system under which we live is the root cause of all problems, and no reform can change that. The environmental movement has played and continues to play an essential role in limiting damage, but it is fighting a losing battle. Perhaps the current pandemic has the power to change this?
The global environmental movement is failing by any measure; the state of our planet has never been worse. A new comprehensive and radical green policy that challenges the underlying assumptions of consumption and unlimited growth while threats point to an emerging environmental tragedy of unprecedented proportions is necessary. The dilemma stems from beliefs and attitudes that place human beings above nature. In the next installment, we will focus on Green Politics and its liaison to Energy production and the impacts of Covid-19.