Why I joined the Green Party

17 December 2014

(Re-posted from 30th Sept)

Local energy consultant Fergus Brown explains why he has taken the leap and joined the Green Party in William Hague’s constituency.

Welfare of generations of young people at risk

Eight years ago I stopped teaching and got a job in Renewable Energy. I had spent 18 months doing research into the climate and environment and finally concluded that the future welfare of generations of young people is at serious risk.

Since 2006 I have collaborated in producing a climate science paper and managed two blogs on the subject, as well as contributing regularly to the Guardian and other media.

Inspired by the people I met at the People’s Climate March last week in Knaresborough, including North Yorkshire Green candidate Shan Oakes, and impressed by the remarkable growth of engagement in the Scottish referendum, I thought it was high time I got more involved in the political side of ‘saving the planet’.

I used to be a member of the Lib Dems – it sort of went with teaching – and got involved a bit when Ed Davey first won his seat in Kingston upon Thames some years ago, but haven’t been active since.

They've no interest in protecting our country

But now it is clear that the main political parties, as well as the fringe groups like UKIP, have no interest in protecting our country or countryside for future generations, and will throw all principles out of the window in pursuit of a quick return, or the promise of investment. I got especially angry when the new ‘fashion’ for fracking resulted in good principles of planning and oversight being sidelined in support of this new, badly researched and potentially hugely damaging process and a ‘quick fix’ to the energy crisis brought on by years of underinvestment or policy commitment.

So I went, met the local activists, along with several other ‘new’ Greens, all of us dissatisfied with the failure of the ‘grey’ parties, especially Labour, to support local communities and Social Justice, and have now joined the party.

I’m not really a ‘Green radical’; I’m not even a vegetarian (yet), but for me the Green Party is the only option if we want a country based on solid principles of a better society for all and an enlightened view of the environment. Our local group is pledged to support Green issues and policies in the Richmond area and hopefully, in the near future, have Green representatives in all levels of local politics.

Push to see a real difference!

That’s why I’m looking forward to meeting Party leader Natalie Bennett when she swings by Richmond Station during her ‘tour’ of Yorkshire and the North East this coming Friday morning. A lot of people aren’t just ready for a change in local politics – they are really angry about being left out in the cold by politicians at Westminster – and joining the Greens means that committed people, like me, can push to see a real difference in our own areas, where we care most about ‘the Common Good’.

 

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Fergus Brown

Richmond Green Party