Green parties have become popular in a wide range of countries, especially in Europe. They reflect a broader social movement that seeks to reorient civilization in more sustainable and humane directions.
The green platform includes opposition to war and weapons industries; skepticism about global trade arrangements; and a commitment to racial and economic equality, social justice, and women’s empowerment.
Green technology in the workplace has many benefits beyond just helping the environment. It can reduce energy consumption, improve productivity, and enhance the business dynamic.
Savings can be made through energy efficiency improvements, including more efficient lighting and water heating systems. Installing sensors that monitor occupancy and temperature can help reduce electricity use by automatically dimming lights when fewer employees are in the building or turning off hot water when it is not needed.
In addition, green technologies boost employee productivity and health. They make it easier to find documents, communicate with colleagues, and access information.
Moreover, green technologies can be used to improve sustainability and create a positive impact on the climate. For example, large cloud computing providers such as Microsoft and Amazon aim to source 100% of their energy from renewable sources.
The energy savings generated by green technologies can be reinvested into other aspects of the business to improve revenue. This could include marketing or product enhancements.
Green politics are a part of a social movement that seeks to reorient civilization in what supporters say are more sustainable and humane directions. These include a skepticism of global trade arrangements and consumerist industrial society; opposition to war and weapons industries; support for decentralized decision-making and localization; and a commitment to social justice, racial and economic equality, and women’s empowerment.
While some greens are primarily concerned with direct action and civil disobedience, others prefer more conventional electoral strategies. This has played out in Germany, where some greens are referred to as “realos” and others as “fundis.”
In Europe, the growth of green parties has been fueled by climate change, as well as growing opposition to mainstream parties that support fossil fuel use and a rise in xenophobia. While many greens have been successful in entering national governments, they remain a minority.
Climate change mitigation
Climate change is a global emergency, causing extreme weather events like droughts, floods, hurricanes and heat waves that upend entire ecosystems and economies, endangering millions of lives.
Mitigating our climate crisis involves reducing the release of greenhouse gas emissions that are warming our planet, such as through energy efficiency improvements to buildings and transportation systems. It also involves creating more sustainable uses of land and forests.
We must also invest in research and development to develop clean technology breakthroughs that will reduce or stabilize the concentration of greenhouse gases. These efforts can generate jobs and economic growth while contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
The Green Platform Initiative is designed to promote larger and faster investments by companies in green sustainable solutions and products, thereby strengthening Norway’s exports and value creation. The Green Platform aims to trigger opportunities for major projects that comprise the whole value chain from research and knowledge production, through testing, commercialisation and industrialisation of sustainable green products and services.
Health and well-being
There is evidence that people who live near parks or green space enjoy higher levels of health and quality of life than those who don’t. Among other benefits, green spaces reduce stress and boost mental health by increasing physical activity.
There are also many studies that show that people who spend time in natural areas or green spaces are more satisfied with their lives, which is another indicator of well-being. They report less stress and more happiness, as well as lower rates of depression and anxiety.
To find out more about these relationships, we collected data in four seasonal waves across 18 countries. We examined associations between positive well-being and residential exposure to green, inland-blue and coastal-blue space, as well as visits to these places.