Green Party Taiwan
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Emblem of Green Party Taiwan since 2008
|Founded||25 January 1996|
|Headquarters||6F, No. 28, Beiping E. Rd., Zhongzheng, Taipei, Taiwan|
|Regional affiliation||Asia Pacific Greens Federation|
|International affiliation||Global Greens|
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Green Party Taiwan (Chinese: 台灣綠黨; pinyin: Táiwān Lǜ Dǎng; Taiwanese: Tâi-ôan Le̍k Tóng) is a political party in Taiwan established on 25 January 1996. Although the party is sympathetic to Taiwan nationalism and shares a number of centre-left positions with the Pan-Green Coalition, the party emphasizes campaigning primarily on social and environmental issues. The party is not a member of, and should not be confused with, the Pan-Green Coalition. Green Party Taiwan is a member of the Asia Pacific Greens Federation and participates in the Global Greens.
In the 2012 legislative election, Green Party Taiwan garnered 1.7% of the party vote. While still far short of the 5% threshold to win a seat in the legislature, this makes it the largest extraparliamentary party in Taiwan. Its best showing is in Ponso no Tao where Taiwan’s nuclear waste storage facility is located. There, the party collected 35.76% of the party votes due to its strong antinuclear stance.
In the 2016 general election, the party ran in a coalition with the newly founded centre-left Social Democratic Party and fielded candidates in both constituency races and the nationwide party ballot. The coalition garnered 2.5% of the party vote without winning any seats.
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List of chairpersons
- Kao Cheng-yan, 1996–1997 and 2003-2004 Chair. Professor of Computer Science at National Taiwan University; Green Party Taiwan's founding chair; former director of Taiwan Environmental Protection Union; candidate for the Legislative Yuan in 1998 and 2001.
- Shin-Min Shih (施信民), 1998 Chair. Professor of Chemical Engineering at National Taiwan University; President of the Institute of Environment and Resource; former Director of Taiwan Environmental Protection Union;
- Kuang-Yu Chen (陳光宇), 1999-2000 Chair. candidate for the Taipei City Councilor in 1998.
- Ayo Cheng (鄭先祐), 2001-2002 Chair. Dean of College of Environment and Ecology at National University of Tainan; former director of Taiwan Environmental Protection Union.
- Yenwen Peng (彭渰雯), 2005 Chair. Assistant professor of Public Administration and Management at Shih Hsin University; candidate for the Taipei City Councilor in 1998.
- Sam Lin (林聖崇), 2006 Co-chair. Former Chair of Taiwan Ecology Conservation Union.
- Jolan Hsieh (謝若蘭), 2006 Co-chair. Assistant professor of Indigenous Culture at National Dong Hua University.
- Chen Man-li, 2007 Co-chair. Former president of the Homemakers' Union and Foundation; former president of the National Union of Taiwan Women Association; candidate for the Legislative Yuan in 2008. Elected to the legislature in 2016 after joining the Democratic Progressive Party.
- Huei-Sean Hong (洪輝祥), 2007 Co-chair. President of Pingtung Environmental Protection Union; candidate for the Legislative Yuan in 2004.
- Bau-Ju Chung (鍾寶珠), 2008-2009 Co-chair. President of Hualien Environmental Protection Union; candidate for the Hualien County Councilor in 1998, 2002.
- Hong-Lin Chang (張宏林), 2008-2009 Co-chair. Secretary General of the Taiwan NPO Self-regulation Alliance; former Secretary General of the Society of Wildness; candidate for the Taipei City Councilor in 2006.
- Gelinda Chang: co-chair for 2011; educator.
- Robin Winkler, co-chair for 2011 and 2012; lawyer and founder of Wild at Heart Legal Defense Association; naturalised Taiwanese citizen.
- Karen Yu, co-chair from 2012 to 2015; social entrepreneur and co-founder of Öko-Green Café, a Fairtrade coffee shop. Elected to the Legislative Yuan in 2016 as a member of the Democratic Progressive Party.
- Lee Keng-cheng (李根政), co-chair from 2013 to 2017; artist, educator and founder of Citizen of the Earth Taiwan, an environmental organisation.
- Chang Yu-jing: co-chair from 2015 to 2017; mother and activist.
- Linda Gail Arrigo, international affairs officer for the party; ex-wife of Shih Ming-teh.
- Thomas Chan, at-large candidate for the legislature in the 2016 election. Although not elected, he was later appointed as deputy minister for the Environmental Protection Administration, in the first cabinet of the Tsai Ing-wen administration led by premier Lin Chuan.
- Peter Huang: famous for his failed assassination attempt against Chiang Ching-kuo in 1970; erstwhile National Policy Advisor on human rights issues to the President of the Republic of China; avid supporter of the party since it was founded.
- Pan Han-Chiang (潘翰疆), member of the Central Supervisory Committee of the party, 1999; erstwhile vice secretary-general of the Taiwan Environmental Protection Union. He split from Green Party Taiwan in 2014 to form the Trees Party.
- Kao Meng-ting, who won a seat in Yunlin County for Green Party Taiwan in the ROC National Assembly in 1996, but later defected to the Democratic Progressive Party.
- Lin Cheng-hsiu (林正修), erstwhile Research, Development and Evaluation Commission Director, Taipei City (apparently the only party member holding a public office in 2004); he ran unsuccessfully as an independent candidate in the 2004 legislative election. In 2007, Lin was a campaign manager for Pan-Blue Coalition's presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou.
- Sinan Mavivo (希婻‧瑪飛洑; 賴美惠), the top candidate of the Green Party Taiwan list in the legislative election 2012, is an anti-nuclear campaigner. She is of the Tao people from Pongso no Tao.
- Calvin Wen (溫炳原), a former Secretary-General of the Party, competed in the by-election in Daan District due to the resignation of Diane Lee in 2009.
- Politics of the Republic of China
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- List of political parties in Taiwan
- Elections in Taiwan
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