KShortly before the start of the election year, the Greens are dealing with a new basic program this weekend. Around 18 years have passed since the last one. Since then, the party has grown not only in size but also in political breadth. The diversity of opinions that they have now united is reflected in the need for discussion of their delegates, who will discuss the draft program at the virtual party congress from Friday evening to Sunday noon. There are numerous amendments.
The 60-page draft is divided into eight chapters, which deal with livelihoods, the ecological economy, the welfare state, education and international politics. It is preceded by a presentation of basic green values, with the topic of ecology coming first, followed by justice, self-determination, democracy and peace. The Greens, it is said, oppose closed worldviews. A democratic society is realized “by repeatedly negotiating the relationship between values”.
If you will, this is a certain departure from the forced happiness ideology of earlier times. As far as ecology is concerned, the Greens are promoting a “fundamental decarbonization of our economy” under the well-known slogan “We only borrowed the earth from our children”. According to the basic program, a society is “only social if its wealth is distributed fairly”. The Greens are not only looking at Germany or just Europe, but the whole world. Their goal: “global justice” in a world economic system that has to become “socio-ecological”, “organized according to democratic rules”.
These passages already show that the Greens are thinking in the far future, without imperial claims by Russia, China or America, in a world in which, for example, countries such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia or Iran are also striving for regional dominance with the green “spirit of cooperation in global responsibility ”. In the ecology chapter, however, it is related a little more specifically to German politics. There you will find recommendations from animal husbandry (“Fewer and fewer animals should be kept better and better”) to the turnaround in traffic (“Strengthen railways, decarbonise road and air traffic”).
Economic growth, but without the consumption of resources
The basis of a good life is a functioning economy, the Greens know that too. In the state of Baden-Württemberg they have been able to combine visions and reality for a number of years in such a way that they have a majority and provide the prime minister. In the basic program, however, one can also think into the future, even dreamily. The aim is therefore an economic system that “adheres to planetary boundaries”.
Economic growth in itself is not a problem, but growth that consumes natural resources is. The Greens therefore want prices that “tell the ecological and social truth”. But they are also promoting an industry that is to remain a leader in the automotive, mechanical engineering and chemistry sectors and is leading the way towards ecological economics with German engineering. The basic program expressly dispenses with anti-industrial fantasies, on the contrary: the foundations are to be laid for “that steel, aluminum, glass, paper or chemicals will continue to be produced in Europe”.