A Blue-green alliance describes an between political parties and other organizations. It has several different meanings that may be evidence that
green politicsis "neither left nor right", and can ally with either in a given context.
Green Party of Ontarioand to a lesser extent, the Green Party of Canadaare considered "blue-green" because they are more economically centrist or even right wing. See Blue Greens.
Republic of Ireland
13 June, 2007, the Irish Green Party / Comhaontas Glas agreed to a coalition with Fianna Fáiland the Progressive Democrats, going into government for the first time in their history. However, although they are a centre-right party, Fianna Fáil use green (Irelands National Colour) to represent themselves, the PD's do use blue, but they are economic liberals.
The now defunct Progressive Green Party was a political group with a strong environmental focus. It was closely aligned with the centre right National Party. The "blue-green" Progressive Greens were contrasted with the better-known "red-green" Green Party, which generally takes a left-wing position. (A third group, the
Green Society, rejected both "blue-green" and "red-green" politics.)
In the context of
United Kingdompolitics it refers to a possible alliance on certain issues between the Conservative Party and ecologists or environmentalists such as those found in the UK Green Party. This alliance may occur as a result of the Conservative view that market economics help preserve the environment and a tendency toward Deep Englandviews of pastoralism, and the Green view that profitis not anywhere near as much of a threat to natural systems as debt.
In the context of the politics of the
United States, the term refers to alliances between labor unions and environmentalists, and sometimes specifically to cooperation between American Greens and blue-collar labor activists. The core issue of this alliance is opposition to globalizationand to free trade, and it was significant in the candidacy of Ralph Naderin the 2000 Presidential election, as Nader was endorsed by some labor organizations (the overwhelming majority of labor unions and environmental organizations are loyal to the Democratic Party and endorsed Al Gore).
It also continues to be used more generally to refer to any efforts at coalition-building between environmenalists and labor, as with the famous "teamsters and turtles" politics of the WTO Meeting of 1999 and the continuing
One such example is the Blue Green Alliance [http://www.bluegreenalliance.org] , a grouping of officials, staff, and activists from organized labor and major environmental organizations representing more than nine million members, including the nation's largest union and largest environmental organization. This group has been very active in promoting a labor-friendly plan to stop global warming.
Other relevant organizations include the
Alliance for the Sustainable Jobs and the Environmentand the Apollo Alliance.
The two different meanings may not be as different as they first appear - the UK Conservative Party and US trade unions both favour
universal health care, and are both suspicious of currency unionor free tradeprovisions that extend to utterly open immigration. On the so-called left-right axis these forces may be very similar.
Pan-Blue Coalitionand Pan-Green Coalition, which refer to political constellations in the Republic of Chinaon Taiwan; the colours here have different meanings
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