November 2010 saw the germination of a South African Green Party on Facebook. The idea behind the group is to find alternative ways of living that allow us to enjoy all the benefits of 21st Century living, without jeopardizing the future for our children.
We want to get ALL those concerned about a sustainable society, where everyone survives comfortably and all species and natural resources are treasured, together on one page â€“ and to form a unified voice for the earth within our country.
We believe the time is right for this initiative, as a critical mass of environmental awareness has been reached and most people have no doubt that the future of our planet and how we organize our society is a critically important matter.
Many lively discussions are happening around green issues. As at 21st November, there are 180 members. Membership is not formal, ie you arenâ€™t committing to join a Green Party when or if it formalizes itself.
All the former Green Party members or followers are warmly invited to join us. We need to see what we all agree on and craft our manifesto accordingly.
This group is keen to reduce their footprints and thereby their cost of living by at least 10% per year, whilst enhancing their health and happiness.
We have the following documents online:
Draft Manifesto written by Tony Turton
Draft Green Party Strategy written by David Lipschitz
Comments on South Africaâ€™s Energy Strategy IRP2010 v8 by David Lipschitz
We have the following discussions going:
What is capitalism? Our first group was called the South African Green Capitalist Party, but that got lots of peoplesâ€™ backs up
Our Draft Manifesto and Strategy
How can we get the 25% unemployed people in this country to join a Green Party? Do you think we can all be employed in under 5 years? What is employment anyway?
Sustainable and alternative money systems
Nothing is cast in stone, so get in on the ground floor and add your voice, your expertise and your knowledge.
Although we donâ€™t have any formal ‘beliefsâ€ yet, we trust that within the group we have all the resources needed to solve our key challenges like food, water, health, exchange (barter), clothing, electricity, heating. And to do it right where we are. The more people, the merrier weâ€™ll be.
We look forward to welcoming you to our party. Become part of the solution and help us create a safe and fair country at no environmental cost.
Author : David Lipschitz