Green Initiative

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The Green Initiative (Spanish: Iniciativa Verde) was a Green political party in Argentina, founded in 2006.[1] It was Argentina's first secular Green party, and the first Argentine organization to be a member of Global Greens. It was primarily active in Buenos Aires.[2] The Green Initiative was a forerunner of Argentina's Greens-FEP.

On 29 November 2010 its party status expired.[3]

Juan Manuel Velasco[edit]

In 2009, Juan Manuel Velasco was their first candidate for the National Congress of Argentina. Velasco had previously been Minister of Environment in the Buenos Aires City Legislature.[2] Prior to this, the Green Initiative had sought to promote environmentalist policies through alliances with other parties.[4] Although unsuccessful as a National Congress candidate, Velasco continued to be the party's spokesperson through 2011.[5] Nowadays is a legislator for the ARI party.[6]


Green Initiative policies included:

  • Declaring Argentina a nuclear-free zone;
  • Zero waste;
  • Eliminating all transport subsidies;
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020;
  • Eliminating poverty through a "Zero Hunger Plan."[7]


  1. ^ O'Toole, Gavin (12 May 2014). Politics Latin America. Routledge. p. 245. ISBN 9781317861959. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b Valente, Marsela (19 June 2009). "ENVIRONMENT-LATIN AMERICA: Green Parties Going It Alone". Inter Press Service. Retrieved 4 February 2017. The Argentine Green Initiative party was formed in 2006 and its members include former directors of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) like Greenpeace, and social or environmental activists who work in the city of Buenos Aires.
  3. ^ "Agrupaciones fusionadas, caducadas, canceladas y extinguidas - Capital Federal". Poder Judicial de la Nación Argentina.
  4. ^ "Latin America's Green Parties Take Matters Into Their Own Hands". The Huffington Post. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2017. This year, for the first time, it will be participating independently in the elections, without forming alliances with other parties.
  5. ^ "Juan Manuel Velasco: "'Too Clean' (slogan) failed, we have to activate a new policy of recycling"". NOVA Argentina (in Spanish). 2 April 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2017. The spokesman of the Green Initiative Party and author of the Zero Garbage Law, Juan Manuel Velasco
  6. ^ "Proponen crear DNI para perros y gatos". Diario Movil San Juan Argentina. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Green Initiative launched its campaign in the city". NOVA Argentina (in Spanish). 11 April 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2017. We are no longer satisfied with the environmental issue, but today our vision has to go further and it has to go towards modifying the integral proposals of society

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