About Us

Mission Statement of the Hernando County Green Party

  1. To work for peace
  2. To educate through meetings, informational flyers, advertising and public appearances
  3. To continue our efforts for a living wage, building control, sensible landscaping for our state and implementation of renewable energy use in our county.

Ten Key Values of the Green Party


Every human being deserves a say in the decisions that affect their lives and not be

subject to the will of another. Therefore, we will work to increase public participation at

every level of government and to ensure that our public representatives are fully

accountable to the people who elect them. We will also work to create new types of

political organizations which expand the process of participatory democracy by directly

including citizens in the decision-making process.


All persons should have the rights and opportunity to benefit equally from the resources

afforded us by society and the environment. We must consciously confront in ourselves,

our organizations, and society at large, barriers such as racism and class oppression,

sexism and homophobia, ageism and disability, which act to deny fair treatment and

equal justice under the law.


Human societies must operate with the understanding that we are part of nature, not

separate from nature. We must maintain an ecological balance and live within the

ecological and resource limits of our communities and our planet. We support a

sustainable society which utilizes resources in such a way that future generations will

benefit and not suffer from the practices of our generation. To this end we must practice

agriculture which replenishes the soil; move to an energy efficient economy; and live in

ways that respect the integrity of natural systems.


It is essential that we develop effective alternatives to society’s current patterns of

violence. We will work to demilitarize, and eliminate weapons of mass destruction,

without being naive about the intentions of other governments. We recognize the need

for self-defense and the defense of others who are in helpless situations. We promote

non-violent methods to oppose practices and policies with which we disagree, and will

guide our actions toward lasting personal, community and global peace.


Centralization of wealth and power contributes to social and economic injustice,

environmental destruction, and militarization. Therefore, we support a restructuring of

social, political and economic institutions away from a system which is controlled by and

mostly benefits the powerful few, to a democratic, less bureaucratic system. Decision-

making should, as much as possible, remain at the individual and local level, while

assuring that civil rights are protected for all citizens.


We recognize it is essential to create a vibrant and sustainable economic system, one

that can create jobs and provide a decent standard of living for all people while

maintaining a healthy ecological balance. A successful economic system will offer

meaningful work with dignity, while paying a “living wage” which reflects the real value of

a person’s work.

Local communities must look to economic development that assures protection of the

environment and worker’s rights; broad citizen participation in planning; and

enhancement of our quality of life. We support independently owned and operated

companies which are socially responsible, as well as co-operatives and public

enterprises that distribute resources and control to more people through democratic



We have inherited a social system based on male domination of politics and economics.

We call for the replacement of the cultural ethics of domination and control with more

cooperative ways of interacting that respect differences of opinion and gender. Human

values such as equity between the sexes, interpersonal responsibility, and honesty must

be developed with moral conscience. We should remember that the process that

determines our decisions and actions is just as important as achieving the outcome we



We believe it is important to value cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual

diversity, and to promote the development of respectful relationships across these lines.

We believe that the many diverse elements of society should be reflected in our

organizations and decision-making bodies, and we support the leadership of people

who have been traditionally closed out of leadership roles. We acknowledge and

encourage respect for other life forms than our own and the preservation of biodiversity.


We encourage individuals to act to improve their personal well-being and, at the same

time, to enhance ecological balance and social harmony. We seek to join with people

and organizations around the world to foster peace, economic justice, and the health of

the planet.


Our actions and policies should be motivated by long-term goals. We seek to protect

valuable natural resources, safely disposing of or “unmaking” all waste we create, while

developing a sustainable economics that does not depend on continual expansion for

survival. We must counterbalance the drive for short-term profits by assuring that

economic development, new technologies, and fiscal policies are responsible to future

generations who will inherit the results of our actions.

Ten Key Values from other state and local Greens.

There is no authoritative version of the Ten Key Values of the Greens. The Ten Key

Values are guiding principles that are adapted and defined to fit each state and local