Ten Key Values

The Ten Key Values are a list of moral values shared by Greens. They were an early basis for unity and have been variously stated by the predecessors of the current Green Party of the US and by the Green Party of Canada and the Green Party of Ontario. These no longer have status in GPC Constitution but have been replaced by the Six Principles. They remain however quite important guiding values and are to be respected above other considerations if the Four Pillars and Six Principles are already deemed to be respected. The most recent statement of the Ten was made at greenparty.ca web as follows (links added to make it easier to find Living Platform resources on the values):

  • Sustainability: Like the people of the First Nations, we must consider the welfare of our descendents, for seven generations, if we are to be wise stewards of the earth. This is also one of the Six Principles but is not one of the Four Pillars; Rather, it is seen as implied by combining the four pillars.
  • Social Justice: The worldwide increase in poverty and inequity is unacceptable. All must be able to fulfill their potential regardless of gender, race, citizenship, or sexual preference. This is also one of the Four Pillars and Six Principles.
  • Grassroots Democracy: The powerless suffer the most from resource depletion and toxic pollution. People must be able to participate in the environmental, economic, and political decisions which affect them. This is also one of the Four Pillars and Six Principles but is stated as Participatory Democracy.
  • Non-violence: Violence is a morally wrong and ultimately self-defeating way to resolve disputes. We must work to end war, and eliminate the root causes of crime. This is OFTEN restated as Peace, Peacemaking, De-escalation; A political party cannot, in principle, both command police and military forces and collect taxes and be strictly nonviolent; this is a major issue of contention in all Green Parties that have achieved actual political power, and becoming more so.
  • Decentralization: The people most affected by a problem must have the authority to solve it. Distant administrations cannot be responsive. Power must be returned to local communities. This is sometimes also stated as Bioregionalism or Bioregional Democracy.
  • Community-based Economics: Rather than people being subservient to the economy, the economy should provide for human needs within the natural limits of the earth. Local self-reliance to the greatest practical extent is the best way to achieve this goal. This is sometimes also stated as Ecological Economics.
  • Gender Equality: The ethics of cooperation and understanding must replace the values of domination and control. This is sometimes also stated as Feminism.
  • Diversity: We celebrate the biological diversity of the earth and the cultural, sexual, and spiritual diversity of the human race. This is one of the Six Principles, and usually seen as implied by the Four Pillars although not one of them.
  • Personal and Global Responsibility: Global sustainability and international justice can only be achieved when responsibility is shared at all levels of society. This is sometimes also stated as Future Focus.
  • Ecological Wisdom: The earth sustains all life forms. Whatever we do to the earth we do to ourselves. This is sometimes also stated as Ecosystem Health. It is one of the Four Pillars and Six Principles.

http://www.greenparty.ca/index.php?module=article&view=37 from 2004 election.


The order of these moral values is disputed and some have tried to combine them into an ethic, e.g. The Green Ethic. The Ten Habits of Well Beings is an attempt to organize them In Defense of Politics using some modern management science - proposing that "the ten" are in quite different orders just before, during, and after elections take place, when used in a political party.

In any order, the Four Pillars are usually listed as most important, though this might mean listing them last (as is done in the above version) as being implied by the others. In essay style one put's one's most important arguments always LAST.