The four pillars of The Greens

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25 06 12 - 12:03

I had the privilege this morning of speaking to Year 10 students at Huntingtower School in Mt Waverley about The Greens. They are studying politics, and this morning had representatives from Labor, the Liberals, the Nationals as well as myself to speak to them. I met first with some of the students who are going to be representing The Greens in a student parliament later in the week. They were very tuned in and knowledgable, and I'm sure are going to do The Greens proud.

I was pleased to see state MP Gavin Jennings as one of the Labor speakers, as Gavin and I go back a long way, from when he was a Ministerial advisor to Joan Kirner, and I was a forest activist. In fact the pivotal East Gippsland forests campaigns, that directly led to me throwing my energy into forming The Greens in 1990, involved Gavin in that role. I spoke about those campaigns in my talk - I don't know whether Gavin had realised before today what a key role he played in the impetus to form The Greens in Victoria.

I told four stories in my talk, as examples of the four pillars of The Greens - starting with the forests, and then covering Denticare, global democracy and climate change considered as a peace issue. Here's the talk as just the words or with some nice pics too.

I was also really pleased to meet up with the Year 11 student who had invited me along - Bethany is a member of Australian Youth Climate Coalition and we chatted about building a zero carbon economy in Australia , and how possible this was going to be. It's political will I told her. What I didn't say but should have is to thank her and the other young climate activists who are doing a great job of creating the community support that will lead to that political will.

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