Green political parties are tasked with the noble task of protecting our planet, yet they have faced obstruction by the establishment at every turn. Going back to the early days of conservationists, who wished to protect the unspoiled natural treasures of America's vast plains and mountain ranges, green action has been resisted by the powers that be. The reason for this obstruction, of course, has always been money: the demands of the people are naturally hewn down in the face of industry demands and campaign contributions. While green political parties have advocated restraint,captains of industry and their corrupt politician bedfellows have pressed on polluting and damaging the environment.
Centuries of such thoughtless action have left us a planet badly in need of action, a call to action for green political parties. Emissions from factories, cars, and power plants have severely damaged the environment in several ways. Soot and chemicals from coal power plants have condensed in the atmosphere to create acid rain, which is slowly killing forests. The airborne mercury from these same plants has found its way into the ocean, where it accumulated up the food chain until some of the most important fish species, like tuna, became toxic to eat. Overfishing has left the world's fish stocks dangerously low, following the same path that decimated the whale population a century ago. Unsafe dumping practices and water usage policies, meanwhile, threaten the quality of the world's drinking water. All this ignores the elephant in the room: global climate change, caused by out-of-control greenhouse gas emissions. Good green policy is urgent if we are to save our planet's amazing variety of life, as well as our own. However, green political parties face a number of challenges that have limited their ability to effect policy change.
Politicians promoting green policies are obstructed time and time again from achieving their goals. The biggest issue is the ability to raise money. Lacking large fund-raising apparatuses, green political parties have difficulty getting their message out. While most politicians receive substantial support from corporations, green parties typically get nothing. Because green political parties lack the money to campaign effectively, they struggle to win much of the vote; without a substantial percent of electoral support, green parties are ineligible for public funds. This self-perpetuating loop acts to prevent green parties from gaining much support.
Politicians who do manage to propose good green policies face concerted resistance from lobbyists. Lobbyists represent major corporations and industry concerns, such as the mining industry or the petroleum industry. Since environmental regulations hurt these industries' bottom lines, lobbyists work hard to get politicians to oppose any new regulations. They generally do this by donating money, having private meetings with politicians, and putting out questionable articles backing their stances.
Opponents of green reform also run smear campaigns against environmentally-friendly politicians and scientists. These opponents claim that green political parties are anti-American, want to take away jobs, and want to remove freedom. Opponents of the environment also push forward claims questioning the validity of science. Nowhere is this tactic more prominent than in the debate over global warming, where opponents have claimed the quite legitimate science is all a hoax.
In the face of all these challenges, green political parties need people's help. Anyone can help out, be they poor or rich. Any donation helps, of course, and the more one can donate, the better. People can also help out the cause by talking about the party with friends and family, volunteering to help a party out, and organizing support. It's time to take back political power from corporations and put it back where it belongs- with the people. Support green political parties and support the planet.