Principles of the Green Party of Saskatchewan
The members of theGPS believe in the following:
. Ecological Wisdom
Human societies must operate with the understanding that we are part
of nature, not separate from nature. We must maintain an ecological
balance and live within the ecological and resource limits of our communities
and our planet. We support a sustainable society that utilizes resources
in such a way that future generations will benefit and not suffer from
the practices of our generation. To this end we must practice agriculture
which replenishes the soil, move to an energy efficient economy and
live in ways that respect the integrity of natural systems.
. Social and Economic Justice
We believe in the right of every person of working age to socially
useful and environmentally sustainable work, access for every person
to free education and health care, as well as adequate food, clothing
. Participatory Democracy
All citizens must be able to directly participate as equals in the
environmental, economic and political decisions that affect their lives.
. Personal, Social and Global Responsibility
We believe individuals should act to improve the well being of themselves
and their communities, and at the same time, enhance ecological balance
and social harmony. We seek to join with people and organizations around
the world to foster peace, economic justice and the health of the planet.
. Community Based Economics
We recognize it is essential to create a vibrant and sustainable economic
system, one that can create jobs and provide a decent standard of living
for all people while maintaining a healthy ecological balance. A successful
economic system will offer meaningful work with dignity, while paying
a living wage which reflects the real value of a person's work. Local
communities must develop an economy that assures protection of the
environment and worker's rights, broad citizen participation in planning,
and enhancement of our quality of life. We support cooperatives and
public enterprises that distribute resources and control to more people
through democratic participation.
. Cooperation and Mutual Aid
We believe in the concept of a cooperative rather than competitive
human society. While both these elements exist in Nature (including
human nature), our industrial society has placed far too much emphasis
on competition. A change in outlook away from competition and towards
cooperation and mutual aid must take place both at the personal, social
and global levels.
. Respect for Diversity
We believe in honouring the cultural, spiritual, racial and sexual
diversity that exists in human societies. We also believe in respecting
the diversity that is found in Nature, by striving to protect, restore
and enhance the biological diversity on which healthy Nature and all
future life depends.
. Peace and Non-Violence
Regardless of differences, we recognize the inherent value of all life.
The Green Party of Saskatchewan commits itself to the establishment
of a demilitarized society, based on mutual cooperation and nonviolent
amongst all people and nations.
We must return power and responsibility to individuals, communities
and regions. We must encourage the flourishing of regionally based
culture, rather than a dominant monoculture. We must have a decentralized
democratic society with our political, economic and social institutions
locating power on the smallest scale that is efficient and practical.
We must reconcile the need for community and regional self-determination
with the need for appropriate centralized regulation in certain matter
. Gender Equity
We value women and men equally. We therefore support active and equal
involvement of women in politics and encourage women in politics to assume
positions of power.