Once upon a time, a motion to prioritize climate change would have been unnecessary at Green Party Conference. Today, a procedural motion that the motion ‘be not put’ was the only way to avoid the appalling likelihood of the green Party voting against arresting climate change as a priority.
The many passionate speeches against, obviously supported by many (most?) at conference, came from those for whom social justice, and the ending of poverty was top priority. Warnings that climate change would engulf their concern were apparently lost on them.
But haven’t I kept stressing that the Basic , or Citizens’ Income should be the Green Party’s ‘Flagship’ policy? Yes, in the context that everyone understood the gravity of the threat posed by climate change. What those passionate speakers against, and indeed their supporters in the hall fail to understand is how the Basic Income combines ecological realities with social justice. The two policies need to be joint top priority, and no other party will do this.