Ten Key Values

Originally ratified at the Green Party Convention in Denver, CO, June 2000.

1. GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY

Every human being deserves a say in the decisions that affect their lives and not be subject to the will
of another. Therefore, we will increase public participation at every level of government and ensure
that our public representatives are fully accountable to the people who elect them. We will also create
new types of political organizations which expand the process of participatory democracy by directly
including citizens in the decision-making process.

2. SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

All persons will have the rights and opportunity to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by
society and the environment. We will consciously confront in ourselves, our organizations, and society
at large barriers which act to deny fair treatment and equal justice under the law.

3. ECOLOGICAL WISDOM

Human societies will 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 utilizing resources to ensure
future generations will benefit and not suffer from the practices of our generation. To this end we will
practice agriculture which replenishes the soil; implement an energy efficient economy; and live in ways
respectful to the integrity of natural systems.

4. NON-VIOLENCE

We will develop effective alternatives to society’s current patterns of violence. We will work to
demilitarize, and eliminate weapons of mass destruction, without being naive about the intentions
of other governments. We recognize the need for self-defense and the defense of others who are in
helpless situations. We promote non-violent methods to oppose practices and policies with which we
disagree, and will guide our actions toward lasting personal, community and global peace.

5. DECENTRALIZATION

Centralization of wealth and power contributes to social and economic injustice, environmental
destruction, and militarization. Therefore, we will restructure social, political and economic institutions
away from a system which is controlled by and mostly benefits the powerful few, to a democratic, less
bureaucratic system. Decision-making will, as much as possible, remain at the individual and local level,
while assuring that civil rights are protected for all citizens.

6. COMMUNITY-BASED ECONOMICS AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE

We will create a vibrant and sustainable economic system, one that will 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 and pay a “living wage” which reflects the real value of
a person’s work.

Local communities will look to economic development that assures protection of the environment
and workers’ rights; broad citizen participation in planning; and enhancement of our “quality of life.”
We support independently owned and operated companies which are socially responsible, as well
as co-operatives and public enterprises that distribute resources and control to more people through
democratic participation.

7. FEMINISM

We have inherited a social system based on male domination of politics and economics. We will replace
the cultural ethics of domination and control with more cooperative ways of interacting respecting
differences of opinion and gender. Human values such as equity between the sexes, interpersonal
responsibility, and honesty will be developed with moral conscience. We will remember that the process
that determines our decisions and actions is just as important as achieving the outcome we want.

8. RESPECT FOR DIVERSITY

We believe it is important to value cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity, and
will promote the development of respectful relationships across these lines.

We believe that the many diverse elements of society should be reflected in our organizations and
decision-making bodies, and we support the leadership of people who have been traditionally closed out
of leadership roles. We acknowledge and encourage respect for other life forms than our own and the
preservation of biodiversity.

9. PERSONAL AND GLOBAL RESPONSIBILITY

We encourage individuals to act to improve their personal well-being and, at the same time, to 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.

10. FUTURE FOCUS AND SUSTAINABILITY

Our actions and policies are motivated by long-term goals. We will protect valuable natural resources,
while developing a sustainable economics that does not depend on continual expansion for survival.
We will counterbalance the drive for short-term profits by assuring that economic development, new
technologies, and fiscal policies are responsible to future generations who will inherit the results of our
actions.

Ten Key Values from other state and local Greens.
There is no authoritative version of the Ten Key Values of the Greens. The Ten Key Values are guiding principles that are adapted and defined to fit each state and local chapter.