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Manifesto

The Green Party of South Africa – Also known as – The Government by the People Green Party

The Green Party of South Africa ultimately believes in replacing representative government by a system of universal participation in decision-making on an ongoing basis.

Practically, however, we need to get a green voice in parliament to put law and government spending into:

  1. Stopping the practices that are destroying the ecosystems that give us life
  2. Changing the emphasis from trying to create jobs no matter how they damage the environment, to assisting people to have a good life and have what they need – even if they cannot have employment
  3. Ensuring that food is safe to eat, water safe to drink, air safe to breathe
  4. Restoring damaged soils, aquifers, seas, ozone layer
  5. Detoxifying rivers and lakes, soils and aquifers
  6. Reforesting, restoring fish numbers in the seas and rivers
  7. Rehabilitating wildlife, giving all animals rights
  8. Creating a world for our children to inherit

The first truly democratic governmental system in the world:

  • Effective education for all in the art and science of living sustainably on the planet and with each other
  • Environmental decisions that offer a sustainable future for all
  • A radical new approach to joblessness, crime and social problems

Background

The environmental situation on planet Earth requires much more immediate attention than most people now realise. Conventional politics fiddles while Rome burns. Parties make promises based on an old, colonial view of the world which saw a finite human population surrounded by infinite resources. Today the reality is reversed.

The end purpose of setting up a Government by the People Green Party is to institute radical changes county-wide in time to redress the destructive course we are at present bent on. It is a green party that, in the election, will provide a powerful platform to bring the urgency of our situation to the attention of the whole of South Africa – and the world – and the steps required to address this.

This country has already demonstrated a remarkable ability to break from entrenched patterns: maybe we can again lead the world in introducing a sane approach to government which actually takes account of what is happening to the planet.

We make no bones about the fact that the changes we propose are radical and will disrupt ordinary life for everyone. But this is wake-up time. If we don’t do it to ourselves, now, whilst we still have alternatives, the awakening when climate and other global changes hit us we be far more disastrous.

TWO MAIN PRINCIPLES

1. We are all one. All things are connected. Anything that affects other people (including unborn generations), our flora and fauna, our soil, air or water, affects us. For our very survival, all decisions must be made in caring and consideration for the quality of life of all beings.

2. Individual responsibility in communal governance. We must stop giving away our power of choice and our right to make decisions that vitally affect our own lives. We now have the technology to allow every citizen to participate directly in government in a meaning¬ful way, and the planet needs the initiative and ideas and responsibility of each one of us. We must all understand and believe in our power to use our own ideas on behalf of everyone to change the planet for the better.

We have underestimated ourselves and each other for centuries.

THE ACTIONS

Environmental Education for All – using television, radio, the press, internet, we will provide every citizen, in their own language, with understanding of how the life-support systems on the planet work, so that they can understand how to live sustainably. We will open the eyes of our people to what we are doing to these life-support systems because amongst all those thinkers lies the solutions of how to save ourselves and our planet.

WE ARE STARTING A GREEN RADIO AND TELEVISION CHANNEL FOR THIS PURPOSE. IT WILL BECOME INTERNATIONAL.

Environmental Impact Tax – eventually to replace income tax. Instead of stifling creative entrepreneurship and success, we will add to the cost of a product the cost of restoring the damage done to the environment by its manufacture, transport, packaging and final disposal (unless biodegradable). This will greatly affect what is produced, and make it cheaper to buy local and organic than imported and chemical-dependent.

Creative Self-employment program. This will enable people to grow their own food and build their own homes and provide meaningful lifestyles and occupations to replace the fruitless job-search that consumes the energy and self-esteem of millions today. Unemployed people will become a leisure class, with food and shelter that they create for themselves, and real quality of life things to do.

In any community some will grow food organically, some will build. The government will provide tools, materials and training in basic principles. Informal and shared work will be encouraged in music (e.g. writing and performing musicals for the tourist season), sport, restoration of the environment (paid for by environmental impact tax). People will have time to recreate, have time with their children, do outdoor activities, D-I-Y projects. RESULTS – less stress, less crime, people taking pride in their achievements.

Affirmative Action replaced by voluntary assistance and respect for our differences. Again a skillful media program will be the key element. Affirmative action is still racism. It still sees the colour of our skins as qualifying factors. Instead companies who take the trouble to train and give a chance to previously disadvantaged people will be honoured by the country and receive substantial training subsidies.

From Consumer to Conserver Society – using a skilful media campaign to create a fashion for more natural values so that a simpler life becomes socially desirable.

Producers Responsible for the total life of all Products – unless the product or packaging is biodegradable, the manufacturer will get it back at the end of its useful life and must re-use the materials as waste disposal costs will be prohibitive. This will encourage manufacturers to produce quality, long-lasting goods, use biodegradable material or more clever design.

This is a participative system of government and we welcome you to bring up ideas of your own. For centuries we have not challenged authority. Now we must re-examine everything in the light of our current environmental crisis.

A VOTE FOR THE GREEN PARTY OF SOUTH AFRICA IS A VOTE FOR:

1. AN END TO BATTERY FARMING: Release All Caged Animals – not only to alleviate the abhorrent suffering of animals confined in cages, batteries and feed-lots, but also to reap the rewards in human health and environmental renewal that will follow upon freeing all farm animals.
Within six months, animals may only be kept free-range. This will undoubtedly cause major disruptions in all of agriculture and the food industry, but the cost of not doing it will even in the short term be much higher. This is also The Vision for people who believe that the well being and quality of life of all creatures is fundamental to civilised society.

IMPORTANT RESULTS OF ENDING BATTERY FARMING:
• End human starvation. More than half of all our arable land is now used to grow feed for caged or feedlot animals. The conversion of grain to meat is inefficient – it takes 30 kg of grain to make 1 kg of meat (losing the roughage, vitamins and carbohydrates). Some of the land released from animal feed can grow food for human consumption; the rest will be available for animals to graze and browse as Nature intended.
• End disease in humans caused by eating battery-fed animals. This grain is full of pesticides and chemicals which concentrate in the meat of the animal and cause breast, prostate and colon cancer. Female hormones are fed to the animals to make them grow fast. This affects men’s sperm count and sex drive (evident with the rise in popularity of VIAGRA) as well as leading to an increase of female related problems.
• Prevent antibiotics from losing effectiveness. Antibiotics are routinely fed to the animals to prevent them getting sick from living in such crowded conditions. This is creating a new era of super viruses and diseases in humans that are immune to all known antibiotics.
• Greatly reduce heart attacks – over 50% are related to eating too much animal protein and fat – and many other diseases like breast, prostate and colon cancers, strokes, Alzheimers, diabetes related to eating battery-reared animals.
• Huge savings in the national health budget currently spent on these illnesses.
• The strongest benefit of all to our environment: greatly reduce wasteful energy use, topsoil loss and water-source contamination; stop the systematic depletion of sea fisheries now used to feed captive animals.
Ending battery-farmed meat may be the most significant thing we can do to stop the destruction of the planet

2. AN END TO CHEMICAL FARMING – we are poisoning ourselves, our soil and our future with pesticides and fertilisers. Going organic will lead to short-term reduced yields, but experience shows that good farming practices will restore soil and land to good heart and productivity within five to ten years. The land we intend to release from animal feed production (to support the feed-lots) will give us a margin of safety for this period.

Fertilisers supply only a few of the minerals essential to healthy plants and food. Three years of chemical farming leaches essential trace elements from the soil. Our bodies now all lack trace minerals essential for health. We need to return to organic agriculture and use animals as part of the fertilisation and pest control process.

The Green Party of South Africa tackles the causes of illness. At present it is possible that most of the food you buy in shops is POISONOUS to your health or lacks the trace elements essential to healthy living. An informed government will ensure that all consumables are fully and clearly labeled and bring the country to the state where all food you buy is safe to eat. The reverse is currently mostly the case.

3. AN IMMEDIATE END TO ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS. Animal testing for products destined for human use is inconclusive, often redundant, and almost always inhumane.
The government pretends to have been responsible in permitting chemicals in circulation when they have passed an LD50 test – a test in which various concentrations of the chemical are force-fed to 100 rats. When only 50 of the rats die the product is passed for circulation. There is no proof that a substance tested on animals is safe for humans or the planet; animal testing just permits yet another pernicious harmful substance to be in circulation. For bona fide necessary substances, tests on human tissue are acceptable.
Some countries have already stopped this meaningless and cruel practice.

4. TRANSPARENCY IN THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY. Cancer cures already exist, but are withheld from us because they don’t involve chemicals which can be sold at the huge profits the pharmaceutical industry is used to.
Animal research is huge business. It is often far more profitable to be looking for cures than to find them – particularly if the cures turn out to be relatively cheap or naturally available.

5. AN IMMEDIATE END TO GILL-NET FISHING. We will cancel existing fishing rights which threaten the long term future of marine species. With research on numbers and breeding patterns and input from those involved in the industry, we will impose sustainable systems of extracting food from the sea.

. . . AND A MOVE TOWARDS THE FOLLOWING:
(the transition will be debated by the people of this country )

6. AN END TO FOSSIL FUEL DEPENDENCY – over a period of five years, with strong incentives for the development and adoption of alternative energy sources. It is common knowledge both that the technology already exists for a renewable energy society and also that vested interests in the fossil-fuel business effectively withhold its implementation. It will need courage to crack this one, and we will address it immediately.

7. AN END TO NUCLEAR POWER. The waste from nuclear fusion is deadly, yet we have chosen to ignore the fact that there is no safe way of disposing of it. An enormous amount of toxic nuclear waste is produced for each gram of enriched plutonium and uranium. Moreover the amount of energy in terms of fossil fuel required to extract the plutonium and uranium and then enrich it nullifies the value of the power it then produces. Plus there is always the danger of another Chernobyl where the huge area affected will remain dangerous to life for centuries!

8. AN END TO UNCONTROLLED LAND EXPLOITATION. Development rights to all land and water should be suspended, to be re-negotiated with due regard to environ¬mental considerations. Many of these rights were granted when people were unaware of the serious threat posed to our environment by random development and water rights allocation. The rights to make money out of land cannot be allowed to affect the long term future of our natural resource base.

9. AN END TO THE PRODUCTION OF NON-BIODEGRADABLE TOXIC MATERIALS.
We will legislate for a gradual ban (over 3 years maximum) on the production/import of any products with non-biodegradable or recyclable parts, plus toxic substances.

10. AN END TO FOREIGN LAND PURCHASES (unless the buyer is to live in this country for more than 6 months of the year). Reverse the trend of internationalisation and free trade that sounds so good in theory but means in reality that first-worlders with strong currency can – and do – buy our land and resources for peanuts (to them), while our own people have to compete with the foreign buyers for the privilege of a house in their own country. This forces us to open up for ourselves poorer or pristine land that should not be developed at all.
Many countries have forbidden foreign purchase of land. We are not saying “No foreign purchasers”. We are saying only by people who are going to live in the houses. Absentee landlords kill society wherever they happen.

Q&A
What are we doing about crime? Addressing the cause of it.
It is about time, we stopped only trying to police it and started to soundly address the cause of it
1. Changing the hearts and minds of Men by a massive media campaign. Having made people aware of the seriousness of our situation environmentally, we ask even criminals to use their power previously used for crime to help save the planet.
2. Make crime unnecessary. Give an alternative way to every person of feeding and housing themselves and occupying their lives in satisfying ways.
3. Changing, by using the media effectively, from a consumeristic society who only value themselves because of what they have, to a conserver society will make greed for material things less of a cause of crime.
4. Not eating battery farmed meat will reduce the stress and aggression chemicals regularly eaten inside the meat from battery animals who have lived in fear and stress all their lives.
5. Starting Prison Kibbutzes where criminals learn how to make a great life without money which makes them independent of crime to sustain their families when they come out.

What are we doing about unemployment?
1. Making the opposite of unemployed very pleasing. No stress, time with your children, leisure time for outdoor activities, much more sport of all kinds yet the unemployed have food they grew themselves, quaint self made homes
2. Developing, as massive non toxin producing very aesthetic economic activities… Music, sport, afro-tourism, eco-tourism and restoration of the environment paid for by environmental impact tax. These are all potentially huge employers and in decentralised areas,
3. Promoting the concept of a leisure class so that even employed people choose to rather live than live to work.
4. Initially increasing unemployment by phasing out the industries that are creating toxic waste and that are not viable if they have to clean up their act. Later many new jobs created in recycling transport and recovery of every manufactured article that is not biodegradable to its makers, music, afro-tourism, eco-tourism, sport, restoration of the environment.

What we are not doing about unemployment is disempowering people by making unemployed people dependent on the government.

What are we doing about the economy?
1. Totally changing the very heart of it from something that is destructive to the environment and therefore to our lives too
2. Negotiating to abandon our National world bank debts in exchange for becoming self-reliant and buying local thus stimulating local environmentally sound industry and
3. Making it very expensive to buy overseas goods by imposing environmental impact tax. Transport by fossil-fuelled means will have high environmental impact tax.
4. Developing many new more pleasant forms of labour-intensive industries that do not create toxins or use up the natural resource base – recycling, restoration of the environment, music and dance Mecca of the world, afro-tourism, eco-tourism, film industry, organic agriculture.

What are we doing about education?
Making it relevant, by televisions by the best teachers with field trips. Teaching pupils how to teach themselves and providing the infrastructure. Everyone will understand how the planet functions and how to reduce their impact on it. This is a complete education.

FUTURE PLANS IF WE GOT A MAJORITY

THE START OF A BRAND NEW FORM OF GOVERNMENT

SOUTH AFRICAN CONSTITUTION
Besides all things mentioned above, we start off with the existing constitution with the racial aspects eliminated. The population will debate adjustments to it as they see fit.

EXERCISING POWER OF CHOICE – HOW WOULD POLICIES BE DEBATED?
Any group of people with an idea can phone in and either introduce it at local level or national level on the media. Mobile film/sound crews will facilitate this. Facilitators with integrity will be chosen to guide the thought process. From (for example 7-9 am and pm) will be for introducing new ideas on TV and radio. The viewers will then be able to present on days after that objections or suggestions to improve the concept. All the points of view on an issue will be summarised once a week. After new input from the public seems to have drawn to a halt. The issue will be voted on.

HOW WOULD YOU VOTE?
Those people who do not have a computer will go to their local, police station, hospital, town hall etc… to vote on voting days Ultimately the internet will be involved but until then you would step into a polling station – no voters role because anyone even from another country visiting even a child if they can understand the questions will vote. You get presented on a computer multiple choice questions in your own language either written or (if you can’t read) spoken. These questions are to establish how much you understand your options. Then you vote and your vote will count to the percent that you have understood the question and the options.

WHO CARRIES OUT THE VOTE OF THE PEOPLE
The civil servants. If there are any branches of the civil service that someone feels could be eliminated, just like any other issue it can be brought up on radio and TV for everyone to vote on.

WHY NOT REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT AS WE HAVE ALWAYS HAD
• Because it has more often than not been abused . People have fought, murdered, threatened, bribed and bought for political power. A person who is so keen to get power often makes decisions that are against the interests of everyone.
• Because people with money frequently buy loyalty from governments so as to prevent legislation happening that will negatively affect their business.
• Because many important issues (e.g. population control, decisions that affect the wealthy businesses that have paid for election campaigns) can never be brought up because these are considered unpopular issues which will not get a party into power again
• Because the really wise people of the country don’t stand for parliament. so we lose all their wisdom.
• Because the very act of handing your power of choice over to a body like a government disables people. They no longer think for themselves over some things that radically affect their lives. They don’t take responsibility for their support systems and surroundings because” the government” “they” will do it.
• The planet is in severe danger. We need the combined ideas and responsibility of everyone. People must understand their power of thinking and doing and their uniqueness and use it on behalf of us all.
• There are two powers – people and money and when money does not own the right to use the media and people are not denied access to media, people can overcome the destructive power of money.
Many things in this new concept are to be worked out as we go along. The advantage that we have is:
• we want to at least try and make a better life for all and without at least the intention the actualisation is impossible
• we have the best of everyone’s ideas, caring and skills available
• we can be flexible (not having to wait 5 years while we watch another government muddle through making terrible mistakes so-called “representing” us all)

This is going to be particularly important as the effects on the environment are happening very fast now. Waiting two or three years to change the constitution, like governments do now, would be very dangerous to our survival.
To be able to utilise all of our ideas and co-operation when the computer flaw at the turn of the century throws our whole society into chaos, will help our survival . We are pretty certain that all over the world, the mainframes and their sensors scattered throughout the facilities are going to make water, petrol (and through that food), money, sewerage and airline and traffic control not available to us. We need to be ready with all our ideas and co-operation to get through that period as one Nation.

Picking up the adults who have already passed through schools without being adequately educated or have had no schooling at all – by giving them this intensive course (in their own language, on television, ( introduced with generators in to the rural areas with no electricity) with the best teachers that we have) – on how the planet functions and what Man is doing to harm it.
Secondly, introducing a sizeable amount of learning over the air by the best teachers in the country, and by films. This is backed up by self education for those who are already literate in reference libraries.
Continuing and expanding the current Education 2005 Program
Our dream is to run at least half the whole population through a one week course in one of our game reserves for a wilderness leadership school come “3000 days to save the planet” course experience in the classroom of the outdoors involving music. This will foster a love of and feeling of connection with and responsibility for our natural heritage
The media will provide an ongoing education and assessment of the results of our decisions.
Far more accent will be placed on the role of teachers in stimulating in the pupil confidence and belief in themselves. We need to develop a “Can” mentality in everyone. We want People to believe in themselves and achieve their maximum potential.

FUTURE PLANS IF WE GOT A MAJORITY

THE START OF A BRAND NEW FORM OF GOVERNMENT

SOUTH AFRICAN CONSTITUTION
Besides all things mentioned above, we start off with the existing constitution with the racial aspects eliminated. The population will debate adjustments to it as they see fit.

EXERCISING POWER OF CHOICE
HOW WOULD POLICIES BE DEBATED?
Any group of people with an idea can phone in and either introduce it at local level or national level on the media. Mobile film/sound crews will facilitate this. Facilitators with integrity will be chosen to guide the thought process. From for example 7-9 am and pm will be for introducing new ideas on TV and radio. The viewers will then be able to present on days after that objections or suggestions to improve the concept. All the points of view on an issue will be summarised once a week. After new input from the public seems to have drawn to a halt. The issue will be voted on.

HOW WOULD YOU VOTE?
Those people who do not have a computer will go to their local, police station, hospital, town hall. Etc. to vote on voting days Ultimately the internet will be involved but until then you would step into a polling station – no voters role because anyone even from another country visiting even a child if they can understand the questions will vote. You get presented on a computer multiple choice questions in your own language either written or (if you can’t read) spoken. These questions are to establish how much you understand your options. Then you vote and your vote will count to the percent that you have understood the question and the options.

WHO CARRIES OUT THE VOTE OF THE PEOPLE
The civil servants. If there are any branches of the civil service that someone feels could be eliminated, just like any other issue it can be brought up on radio and TV for everyone to vote on.

WHY NOT REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT AS WE HAVE ALWAYS HAD
• Because it has more often than not been abused . People have fought, murdered, threatened, bribed and bought for political power. A person who is so keen to get power often makes decisions that are against the interests of everyone.
• Because people with money frequently buy loyalty from governments so as to prevent legislation happening that will negatively affect their business.
• Because many important issues ( e.g. population control, decisions that affect the wealthy businesses that have paid for election campaigns)can never be brought up because these are considered unpopular issues which will not get a party into power again
• Because the really wise people of the country don’t stand for parliament. so we lose all their wisdom.
• Because the very act of handing your power of choice over to a body like a government disables people. They no longer think for themselves over some things that radically affect their lives. They don’t take responsibility for their support systems and surroundings because” the government” “they” will do it.
• The planet is in severe danger. We need the combined ideas and responsibility of everyone. People must understand their power of thinking and doing and their uniqueness and use it on behalf of us all.
• There are two powers – people and money and when money does not own the right to use the media and people are not denied access to media, people can overcome the destructive power of money.
Many things in this new concept are to be worked out as we go along. The advantage that we have is
• we want to at least try and make a better life for all and without at least the intention the actualisation is impossible
• we have the best of everyone’s ideas, caring and skills available
• we can be flexible ( not having to wait 5 years while we watch another government muddle through making terrible mistakes so called “representing” us all)

This is going to be particularly important as the effects on the environment are happening very fast now. Waiting two or three years to change the constitution, like governments do now, would be very dangerous to our survival.

To be able to utilise all of our ideas and co-operation when the computer flaw at the turn of the century throws our whole society into chaos, will help our survival . We are pretty certain that all over the world, the mainframes and their sensors scattered throughout the facilities are going to make water, petrol (and through that food), money, sewerage and airline and traffic control not available to us. We need to be ready with all our ideas and co-operation to get through that period as one Nation.