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Ok so I'm voting for the first time tomorrow in the EU elections and have a question for TSR- why exactly do people vote for the green party? I'm incredibly conscious about protecting our environment and making sure we don't destroy the world for future generations but are the green party the answer?

I understand that a lot of people don't want to vote conservative/labour/liberal democrats which is fair enough and I fully understand this, but apart from some great environmental policies do the green's have much more to offer?

Now I was skim reading some of their policies online (http://policy.greenparty.org.uk/fa.html) and a couple that stuck out were much stricter regulations on GM crops/stem cell research (don't know enough about their policies to go into too much detail). Also they are inherently against nuclear power, I am not sure what their attitude is to nuclear fusion power however.

The green's do have a lot going for them, especially for people of my age range. I want to vastly increase our use of renewable/sustainable energy sources but at the same time I don't want areas such as stem cell research, which have huge amounts of potential, to be over-regulated to the point that their not worth researching any more.

So people of TSR, please discuss as I currently am not sure who I will be voting for tomorrow!
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My brother votes for them as more of a protest than anything. He knows they would never actually win!
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Hipsters
People who believe in global warming
People for whom gay rights is number 1 issue
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People who do not live on the same planet as us !
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(Original post by Davelittle)
Ok so I'm voting for the first time tomorrow in the EU elections and have a question for TSR- why exactly do people vote for the green party? I'm incredibly conscious about protecting our environment and making sure we don't destroy the world for future generations but are the green party the answer?

I understand that a lot of people don't want to vote conservative/labour/liberal democrats which is fair enough and I fully understand this, but apart from some great environmental policies do the green's have much more to offer?

Now I was skim reading some of their policies online (http://policy.greenparty.org.uk/fa.html) and a couple that stuck out were much stricter regulations on GM crops/stem cell research (don't know enough about their policies to go into too much detail). Also they are inherently against nuclear power, I am not sure what their attitude is to nuclear fusion power however.

The green's do have a lot going for them, especially for people of my age range. I want to vastly increase our use of renewable/sustainable energy sources but at the same time I don't want areas such as stem cell research, which have huge amounts of potential, to be over-regulated to the point that their not worth researching any more.

So people of TSR, please discuss as I currently am not sure who I will be voting for tomorrow!
Green are the perfect party for me when I turn 18 because not only will they help stop global warming and they are starting to become the fairest party trying to ensure equality and to prevent this capitalist economy, labour are starting to become like the conservatives saying they would be stricter with benefits than the conservatives.Being against Nuclear Power is very good as well because in no way is it sustainable you have to dump loads of radioactive waste into the ground leading to huge sites that have been completely ruined, nuclear power is basically a step in the wrong direction away from renewable and clean resources and big nuclear disasters do happen and cause lots of deaths mostly indirect through cancers and deformities.
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Are you being serious?There is no doubt that the planet is warming due to temperature readings satellite photos etc, the extent to how much human activity is causing the warming but pretty much all scientific evidence suggests that the vast majority is caused by humans burning fossil fuels(Scientists are 95% sure from the latest report).
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I will vote Green tomorrow because Labour have taken the left's vote for granted.
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Green party = plants

Plants = happy

Happy = green party


That's their opinion. Not mine.
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(Original post by Davelittle)
Ok so I'm voting for the first time tomorrow in the EU elections and have a question for TSR- why exactly do people vote for the green party? I'm incredibly conscious about protecting our environment and making sure we don't destroy the world for future generations but are the green party the answer?

I understand that a lot of people don't want to vote conservative/labour/liberal democrats which is fair enough and I fully understand this, but apart from some great environmental policies do the green's have much more to offer?

Now I was skim reading some of their policies online (http://policy.greenparty.org.uk/fa.html) and a couple that stuck out were much stricter regulations on GM crops/stem cell research (don't know enough about their policies to go into too much detail). Also they are inherently against nuclear power, I am not sure what their attitude is to nuclear fusion power however.

The green's do have a lot going for them, especially for people of my age range. I want to vastly increase our use of renewable/sustainable energy sources but at the same time I don't want areas such as stem cell research, which have huge amounts of potential, to be over-regulated to the point that their not worth researching any more.

So people of TSR, please discuss as I currently am not sure who I will be voting for tomorrow!
The reason why the GP is against the use of nuclear fusion power is because although it is very clean when operating normally. However, when accidents happen, nuclear power plants would explode causing wide spread contamination of radioactive waste, which would take hundred of years before it could be recovered.

Example:
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster

Chernobyl nuclear accidents

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They believe that humans are a plague on the planet and that authoritarian measures such as high tax and government regulations must be imposed on the public.

They are anti-growth, telling us we need to reduce our consumption when in fact we should be increasing it so we can increase prosperity for all humans.

They oppose nuclear energy even though it is much more efficient and cheaper than renewables. They even don't think it is worth researching into nuclear fusion which potentially has the ability to solve all our energy problems.

Even their minor policies are dreadful but they are reveal their misanthropic stance. They oppose research into things like xenotransplantation which could save human lives from dying waiting for transplants.

They would raise taxes on alcohol and smoking both of which disproportionality affects the poor, who also should be able to enjoy drinking and smoking if they wish to.
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I have voted for them in local elections because they massively pushed for cycle lanes around my area and because a couple of their candidates are, I suppose you would say, family friends and nepotism is in fact a good thing, in my opinion.
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I will be voting green because they are the party which most represents my views in terms of increasing social equality;
http://voteforpolicies.org.uk/
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The reason why the GP is against the use of nuclear fusion power is because although it is very clean when operating normally. However, when accidents happen, nuclear power plants would explode causing wide spread contamination of radioactive waste, which would take hundred of years before it could be recovered.

Example:
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster

Chernobyl nuclear accidents
Those are nuclear fission plants and accidents. Fusion is a lot different. I have a low opinion of the Green Party. They want a lot that is admirable, but they have no way of making it happen. Idealism doesn't run countries, at least not well.
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The Green Party isn't just about sustaining our environment - it's about a sustainable world on every level, from the environmental to the social to the economic. They are the biggest left-wing alternative for tradition Labour or Lib Dem supporters, advocating amongst other policies the abolition of tuition fees, the nationalisation of the railways and utility companies and benefits to be paid to all British citizens whether in work or not - funded not be cutting essential services but by raising taxes on the rich, introducing taxes on financial transactions such as stocks and shares and scrapping unnecessary projects that don't benefit ordinary people despite costing tens of billions of pounds, such as High Speed 2 and Trident. On a European level, they reject the scapegoating of immigrants promoted by UKIP and the mainstream parties, preferring to point out the net contribution they make to our society and to our economy and the fact that our issues are not due to immigration, but rather the disastrous Thatcherite economics of both Labour and the Tories. They are the party for people who believe a sustainable future and a good standard of living for everyone trumps short-term economic gain and growth which only really brings benefit to the rich.
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Are you being serious?There is no doubt that the planet is warming due to temperature readings satellite photos etc, the extent to how much human activity is causing the warming but pretty much all scientific evidence suggests that the vast majority is caused by humans burning fossil fuels(Scientists are 95% sure from the latest report).
That is a load of rubbish. I am not skeptical of global warming caused by humans I believe it is possible however to say all research points to this is a blatant lie. We simply do not know what is causing global warming. There is strong support for it being a natural anomaly.
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Because if you actually look into it, it just makes sense :s like a lot of their stuff isn't even environment-based. I read some stuff yesterday about their policies and I can see that their intention is to properly help people, like in a nice way, and to me it seems that their policies are likely to work at improving all our lives. They don't just want to save the rainforest, they want to save you <333
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1. Socialists who want to screw up our economy in the name of "equality".
2. Environmentalists who want to make fuel prices rocket in order to save the environment. (Because that's going to work whilst the US and China are polluting like there's no tomorrow. :rolleyes: )
3. Uninformed people who see them as a "nice" alternative to LibLabCon.

Don't vote Green.
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The Green Party just seem too much of a one issue party for me to vote for them.
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My parents only voted for them because they could not fit their views into any other category, they disagreed in someway with every candidate or party
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They are anti-growth, telling us we need to reduce our consumption when in fact we should be increasing it so we can increase prosperity for all humans.
“Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world, is either a madman or an economist.” - Kenneth Boulding

If we want ecological sustainability then at some point we are going to have to start opting for leisure over consumption. We have technologies that allow us to produce more and more goods with less and less labour, and yet we work more than ever - in return for wages that are relatively stagnant. Sure we get to have modern gadgets and gizmos, but a large bulk of what constitutes 'consumption' and 'growth' amounts to exercises in planned obsolescence and the unsustainable waste that goes along with it.

Our system naturally tends heavily toward (over) work rather than leisure. Maybe people like it that way, but we've never been given the choice and I think it's about time we started thinking about it.
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