This is a guest article by Alex Mitcalfe Wilson copied from the Pantograph-Punch website - a New Zealand based arts and cultural commentary website. In the article the author reflects on the formation of the NZ Values Party and the cultural influences from the UK and also Limits to Growth. Whilst there is no explicit reference to Blueprint for Survival the use of "Blueprint" in the manifesto's title is a bit of a clue...
Articles which express a personal view or analysis of some aspect of our history.
Shall we ‘Party’ or shall we ‘Movement’?
This is an extended version of an article published in GreenWorld Autumn 2016
How decisions taken at the very beginning of the Green Party have had huge consequences for the way green politics is done....
With many Greens now discussing the possibility of creating a Progressive Alliance , to unite different parties in a common endeavour to tackle climate change and introduce Proportional Representation, it is an opportune moment to look at the history of political alliances within the UK, not least within the Green Party itself.
Green Party Origins
In the beginning the party referred to itself as a political ‘movement’ rather than a ‘party’, and its identity was shaped by the merging of two organisations.
The first of these was PEOPLE, assembled in late 1972 and officially launched in February 1973. Founding members Lesley and Tony Whittaker, Michael Benfield and Freda Sanders, known as the Gang of Four, took their inspiration from a report entitled The Limits to Growth, (1972) commissioned by the Club of Rome (a thinktank of scientists, economists, industry and politicians). This document explored various growth scenarios which mostly ended in economic and societal collapse during the 21st century. (Interestingly a 2008 study into the report by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, incorporating actual data of changes to the world since 1972, came to the same conclusions).