Support the PNG Greens to win their June 2022 election!
The PNG Greens formed in 2001 and have stood candidates in the last two national elections. They now have a national MP, Richard Masere, who is a Vice Minister to the Prime Minister of PNG, and are ready to challenge the status quo in PNG in the upcoming June 2022 election, fielding their strongest candidates yet.
But they need your help to do it.
Will you donate to support their campaign for a fairer and more sustainable future?
Papua New Guinea is one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth, with rich ecosystems, and home to the world’s third-largest intact rainforest which has traditionally sustained indigenous communities. Half of this land has been annexed by timber and palm oil companies, backed by global finance, with grave results for local people and the climate. Since gaining independence in 1975, after almost a century of colonial rule, PNG continues to face multinational resource extraction from mining, forestry, and agribusiness industries.
PNG, according to the UN, is ranked among the twenty most vulnerable countries to climate change and was the first nation to submit their Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Climate Agreement. On the frontlines, climate change refugees have been relocated from outer islands in Bougainville such as Carteret and Manam Islands already, with more islands under threat.
With this backdrop, from April to June, the PNG Greens will field candidates in key electorates and aim to increase their presence in parliament with a target of 4-5 MPs. The PNG Greens General Secretary, Andrew Kutapae, says that
“Campaigning to preserve PNG’s unique ecosystems for the people of Papua New Guinea is a focus of the upcoming election campaign – from mining to deforestation to fishing; along with asserting sovereignty over the country’s natural resources and fighting the corruption that has stymied the country.“
This campaign is championed by Hon. Richard Masere, who in his role as the Vice-Minister assisting the Prime Minister on Foreign Investment Matters, has a unique insight into PNG’s relationships with international companies. Since 1975, all PNG Governments have been formed by a coalition of parties because no one party has won enough seats to form a Government alone. It is in this context that the PNG Greens have a positive working relationship with the current government and Prime Minister.
PNG Greens candidates have already commenced campaigning for the upcoming election in which 40% of their candidates will be women – the highest of any party in PNG where a quota of 10% female candidates per party is set.
Asked about the party’s Foreign Affairs agenda and the status of West Papua, Andrew Kutapae was unequivocal: “West Papua independence is a human rights issue and we strongly support them in their struggle. These issues are front and centre on our agenda, to be rectified when we win a few seats and get into government at the next election.”
Despite the strength of their policies, commitment to Global Green values, and the support they are receiving across Papua New Guinea, funding an election campaign is a challenge. In the PNG Elections, political parties usually sponsor all their candidates. To assist them the Party has launched this crowdfunding appeal.
Will you help them succeed?
“We appreciate every dollar donated which will assist greatly in our campaign for the election of our candidates.” All fundraising efforts will be in accordance with Green values.
The result of the upcoming parliamentary election will set the stage for the future of Papua New Guinea, at a critical juncture in PNG’s history. The reverberations on global forests and climate change are felt beyond their borders.
Let us help make their future Green!
By Andrew Kutapae (PNG Greens General Secretary), Michelle Sheather (International Development Coordinator Australian Greens) and Paul Hellard (APGF writer).
*This crowdfunding campaign is administered by the Asia-Pacific Greens Federation on behalf of the Papua New Guinea Greens Party. 100% of funds raised will be transferred to the PNG Greens in accordance with Papua New Guinea and Australian law.