Green conservatism

Green conservatism

Green conservatism is a term used to refer to conservatives who have incorporated green concerns into their ideology.



In Canada the term was popularized in 2006 by Preston Manning, former federal opposition leader and founder of the Reform Party of Canada. [ [ "Saskatoon Star-Phoenix"] ] Specifically Manning has argued that Western Canadian Conservatism with its strong rural roots and populist rhetoric will eventually have to reconcile the desire for strong growth with protection of the environment. He has specifically talked about using water pricing in the Athabasca Oil Sands to prevent a "tragedy of the commons" scenario.

United Kingdom

The Conservative Party in the United Kingdom under David Cameron has embraced a green agenda which includes proposals designed to impose a tax on workplace car parking spaces, a halt to airport growth, a tax on gas-guzzling 4x4s and restrictions on car advertising. The measures were suggested by The Quality of Life Policy Group, which was set up by Cameron to help fight climate change. [;jsessionid=ND2RNWDNYBJL3QFIQMGCFFOAVCBQUIV0?xml=/earth/2007/09/14/eacameron114.xml Daily Telegraph online "David Cameron pledges radical green shake-up" September 14, 2007.]

Cameron has enthusiastically embraced "green" issues, and has made climate change a key component of his speeches. [;jsessionid=PHYKHXUF15AT1QFIQMFSFF4AVCBQ0IV0?xml=/news/2005/12/10/ntory10.xml Daily Telegraph online, "Cameron pledges tough measures on climate change." October 12, 2005.] He has called for an independent climate change commission to ensure that emissions reductions targets are met. [ BBC online "Cameron urges climate change law" Oct. 25, 2006.]

United States

It is believed that the term was first used in the United States by former U.S. Republican congressman Newt Gingrich in a debate on environmental issues with John Kerry [ [ We Can Have Green Conservatism - And We Should - HUMAN EVENTS ] ] [ [ The Case for Green Conservatism | Redstate ] ] .

Green conservatism has manifested itself as a movement in groups such as Republicans for Environmental Protection, which seeks to strengthen the Republican Party's stance on environmental issues and support efforts to conserve natural resources and protect human and environmental health.


In Japan, the Environmental Green Political Assembly, or Midori no Kaigi, emerged out of the conservative reformist Sakigake Party. It combined a conservative ideology with an ecologist platform, forcing out a number of non-ecologist members to join the Democratic Party's "Ryoun-kai" faction. It showed poor performance at the polls, and was dissolved in 2004.


In Germany, the Ecological Democratic Party was formed by more right-wing defectors from Die Grünen in 1982. It combined a focus on environmental protection with a promotion of the right to life (opposition to abortion, euthanasia and capital punishment); it differs from The Greens by being less supportive of immigration and restrictions on state powers in criminal justice issues, not focusing on gay and lesbian rights, and having a differing view of feminism.

While having never gained seats in federal or state legislatures in Germany, it made a name for itself by its involvement in the opposition to a Czech nuclear reactor in Temelin, across the border from Bavaria. It is still active in the present day.


ee also

* Eco-capitalism

External links

* [ Green Conservatism Article] by Andrew Sullivan, Retrieved August 21, 2008.

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