20 January 2017
I joined the Green Party two years ago, in a burst of start-of- year energy. With the
General Election on the horizon, I felt inspired by the Green Party’s politics of hope
and was keen to get more involved. The next few months were an exciting time to be
a new member, as the Greens gained momentum and party membership surged. I
have a particularly strong memory of a local meeting I attended around the time of
the election at which the atmosphere was one of delighted shock that so many new
people were coming on board.
At that same meeting, there was a discussion about why each of the people present
had joined the party. While some reasons were deeply personal, the overwhelming
feeling was that the Green Party offered a genuine alternative to the negativity and
blame that often seems to characterise contemporary politics. I don’t think I’ve ever
heard the word ‘hope’ uttered so many times in the space of an hour. There was and
is clearly a hunger for a politics that believes in positive change. It was that hunger
that led me to the Greens and has kept me here for the last two years.
The world at the moment feels particularly broken and politics feels particularly
turbulent. But I believe more than ever that the Greens offer the hope and the
policies that might show us a way forward. Tackling inequality of all kinds and doing
everything we can to mitigate catastrophic climate change have never been so
important. Lots of people – myself included – have had moments of despair and
helplessness in the last few months. But there are things that we can actively do,
and getting involved with the Green Party is one of them.