Being Green isn't easy.
In Europe, the environmentally oriented Green Party has been a political force for 15 years. The party has 4 million members on the continent and is the third-largest political party in Germany.But in the United States, the Greens so far have faded to black.
"Nationally, the Green Party has been ineffective, so our emphasis will be local," said Mike Sullivan of Hailey, one of the organizers trying to find out whether Idaho is fertile ground for a Green revolution. "We want to build a local party organization and run candidates for local and legislative office."
He knows the journey is all uphill.
"The history of third parties in America is pretty grim," Sullivan said. "One of the reasons they don't do very well is that they try to organize from a national level and neglect the grass roots."
An organizing session will be conducted Feb. 21 at Boise State University, where Sullivan and other Green Party members hope to attract people disenchanted with the Democratic and Republican parties.
"The Green Party's only significant presence is in the East and in California, so we're breaking new ground in this area," he said.
By 1992, Sullivan hopes to have county and local Green candidates on the ballot in Blaine and Ada counties.
"We need to get more in harmony with the environment with so many of our institutions," said Jon Knapp, a 20-year-old Boise State sophomore who is putting together the organizing session. "We need to reappraise what we are doing in our society do we don't have to destroy the environment to get economic growth."
Sullivan said Green politics are based on ecological wisdom, grass-roots democracy, personal and society responsibility, non-violence, decentralization, community-based economics, post-patriarchal values, respect for diversity, global responsibility and future focus.
"If anything, the Green philosophy is based on spirituality," he said.