The Greens are a political movement which seeks environmental, economic, social and climate justice. The Greens believe that social, economic and environmental issues are fundamentally interconnected and develop radical and emancipatory policies aimed at society’s coexistence with nature.
The Greens believe that politics and solutions will be desirable and successful only through the wholistic implementation of these green principles. The green principles are organised under 10 articles:
1- HARMONY WITH NATURE
The Greens believe that there is a web of life on the planet; that humans are a part of nature; and that nature, ecosystems and all living beings have intrinsic value;
oppose economic and social systems which disregard ecological balance, policies that lead to the demise of nature, and those that are anthropocentric;
believe in developing policies that do not view nature solely as a resource, but instead protect biodiversity, recognise the rights of nature, and are based on an ecological axis.
2- COMBATING THE CLIMATE CRISIS
Greens are aware that the climate crisis is the most urgent, most comprehensive and most critical issue and struggle for the planet;
attribute crucial importance to mitigation policies in order for climate change to be limited to levels where its effects on nature and society will be minimal; propose deep decarbonisation in energy infrastructure and in the economy;
underscore that, as the responsibility for climate change is common but differentiated on a global scale, the responsibility for the material cost of the transition should be on rich countries and richer parts of society;
find it important that all planning activity at all scales and in all fields consider the necessities of adapting to the predicted effects of climate change.
3- PEACE and NON-VIOLENCE
The Greens categorically reject all violence;
they believe that the means they employ should cohere with their goals of bringing to life non-violent methods in all fields of life and politics;
are aware that violence is not solely physical and that there are different sorts of violence such as psychological and economic violence, and expunge the language of violence from their vocabulary;
are against militarism, which they see as the greatest obstacle facing the freedom of human beings and democracy, propose a transparent, horizontal and comprehensive demilitarisation in institutions and a deep demilitarisation in culture;
are against war, which they see as the chief enemy of life and of nature, and which will never be eliminated unless fully rejected, and advocate unconditional peace and disarmament;
accept intervention by the international community in line with international law where crimes against humanity and ecocide are concerned.
4- FEMINISM and GENDER EQUALITY
The Greens reject discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and believe that all individuals have equal social rights, have the right to equal respect and to feeling safe;
they organise taking into account the entirety of the gender spectrum and diversity of sexual orientation;
demand that social structures be reorganised, leaving patriarchy and heterosexism behind;
argue for the creation of a public sphere where individuals can freely explore and live their gender identity and sexual orientation;
participate in the women’s and LGBTQI+ liberation struggles against patriarchy and heterosexism, and support the emancipatory politics they develop, and work to spread and realise such policies;
fight male violence and all forms of harassment; believe in taking as a basis the statement of those who experience violence, and use all means to restitute loss and to implement justice;
work on the intersection of feminism and the ecological struggle, with the belief that patriarchy dominates nature as well as all aspects of life.
5- GLOBAL STRUGGLE
The Greens recognise that the world is an interconnected whole and that the problems we face today are global, that cultures have evolved in interaction, and that nature has no boundaries; and they work to build a future with no boundaries;
support crucial transnational organisations and international agreements which are based on the principles of peace and human rights and which serve to protect the planet;
strive for a globalism that will overcome the problems of globalism in its current form, identify themselves as part of the global struggle against the structure of capitalism which exploits nature and human beings, and destroys the ecosystem, social rights, and human relationships.
6-LOCAL and DIRECT DEMOCRACY
Greens believe that people deserve to have the greatest possible say over decisions that will affect their lives and the ecosystems they live in;
work for the organisation of society on the basis of direct democracy, for the development of structures whereby people can participate in decision-making processes directly;
maintain that representative and participatory democracy should function together, in parallel with implementations of direct democracy in a way that will allow politics to be widened to the base, and in a way where they bolster one another;
develop policies to strengthen democratic institutions at local and regional levels, and for the devolution of authority and responsibility from the centre to local and regional levels;
believe that the practice of democracy has to function respecting fundamental rights and liberties as well as the rights of nature;
presume transparency and accountability to be among essentials of a healthy democracy;
see civil society and organisation as a vital aspect of democracy;
in their own organisational structure, realise a horizontal organisational understanding based on collective work by citizens who embrace green principles; uphold the rights of minority groups and opinions.
Greens develop policies for a transition to a life that is an alternative to industrialism, which is destructive in all its forms; developmentalism that does not serve human progress; and consumerism, which is wasteful and uniformising;
consider circular economic structures important in order to reduce the ecological footprint, and reject growth obsession;
against the destructive, profit-oriented and short-term functioning of capitalism, support taking radical economic measures needed for the future of the planet;
consider all activity and development that may affect ecosystems, the whole of the planet or the future of humanity, on the basis of the precautionary principle;
fight to develop a just and sharing, sustainable, socio-economic system within the bounds of the planet, which will uphold the rights of future generations and of nature.
8- SHARING EQUITABLY
The Greens espouse the ideal of an equitable society without discrimination based on identity, whether it be economic, regional, gender, age, and any other such identity;
develop policies that will assure that developing technology is used in an ethical and sustainable way that will not harm individual liberties and privacy, that will not increase wealth inequality, that will prevent corporations from seizing the commons and forming hegemonic foci;
recognise that what is ordinary is political and consider this in developing their policies.
The Greens believe that humans are free beings, with inalienable, untransferable fundamental rights from birth;
believe in defending and furthering human rights, which are the concrete achievement of intellectual progress and social struggle through human history;
although recognising the cultural significance and richness of social institutions that have come down from the past, oppose the use of these or new institutions to suppress individual differences and freedoms, to curtail personal space and liberties, or to sustain economic exploitation;
believe that society has to afford every individual the opportunity to shape their own life, and develop liberating policies;
believe in the freedom of wildlife, and the welfare of domesticated species; believe in ending industrial animal farming and the protection of animal rights.
The Greens not only recognise the cultural, religious, ethnic, linguistic and ideological differences and diversity of people and communities, but consider diversity as culturally and socially enriching;
fight racism, nationalism, religious fundamentalism, sexism and homophobia;
remain in solidarity with migrants and refugees and defend their rights;
believe that only a society that has come to terms with its past can sustain peace and diversity, and support policies along these lines; propose restorative mechanisms for past losses;
struggle against differences becoming objects of oppression within themselves and acquiring a characteristic that forms societal cleavages;
argue that diversity has to be preserved and furthered within harmony.
*Revised by the Greens of Turkey through a participatory process and adopted on 11.07.2020.
TURKISH – YEŞİL İLKELER