A decade later, Juan López de Uralde once again launched a purely environmentalist political party with a vocation to have a presence and influence throughout the territory. The former director of Greenpeace and founder of Equo has presented this Thursday Alianza Verde, a new formation that was born as the “environmentalist leg” of United We Can. Its declared objective: “With the new leaderships of Yolanda Díaz and Ione Belarra, to become the majority force on the left and lead a government that puts the fight against the ecological crisis as a priority element.”
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Uralde will be the coordinator of the new party. He is accompanied in the project by some of the people who were already with him at the launch of Equo. The former head of Equo and Former Andalusian MP Carmen Molina He will share with him the leadership of the party, in a man-woman bicephaly that is one of the marks of the European Green Party, a continental umbrella and a reflection of the environmental groups in the different EU countries. The party executive will include Beatriz del Hoyo, veteran Carmen Tejero, the former president of the ISTAS institute of CCOO, Fernando Rodrigo, and Julià Álvaro, who was the Regional Secretary for the Environment of the Generalitat Valenciana.
Álvaro was regional secretary of the Environment in the first Govern of Ximo Puig and Mónica Oltra in the Valencià Country, but was dismissed due to discrepancies with the counselor after dismissal of the head of a public company, Vaersa. Uralde denounced at the time to “give in” to business pressure, something on which he insisted again this Thursday in the presentation of Alianza Verde, in the Ecooo space in Madrid. Later resigned as co-spokesperson for Equo, which in that Autonomy is integrated into Compromís.
Uralde has tried, precisely, to separate the birth of Alianza Verde from the current boiling point of environmentalism, after remembering that Equo split in 2019 due to the discrepancies that existed within it about continue in United We Can, as he defended, or ally with Errejón. “We did not arise from the hand of the speech of More Country”, has denied Uralde, who recalled that after the agreement with Podemos in 2015, the “greater institutional presence” of political environmentalism was achieved in Spain, with three state deputies, many autonomous and presence in town halls, some as important as Madrid. “Adding was what gave us the real possibility of making change policies,” he said. Hence the name: Alianza Verde.
The current deputy has answered journalists several questions about the relationship with Equo and Más País. “We already said it in 2019, we believe that United We Can is the good space, the space for change, the majority. And we will be there,” he insisted. Uralde explained that they have “been able to develop green policies during these years with a lot of support and facilities” and has given as an example the recent climate change law, “which has been talked about for 10 years, but which has arrived with United We Can in government”.
However, he has avoided the framework of confrontation with his former colleagues and has made it clear that “the enemy is the denial of the extreme right and the passivity of the right.” In fact, within Unidos Podemos there are already two other environmental groups, both in Catalonia: Esquerra Verde (heir to ICV) and Catalunya en Comú itself, who has just certified his entry into the European Green Party. A fragmentation that, historically, has not been liked in the offices of European institutional environmentalism, which is usually an important means of financing these projects.
The reason why they have decided to found a green party is because they consider “that within Unidos Podemos there must be an environmental party on an equal footing with the rest of the parties.” Thus, Uralde explained that Alianza Verde is constituted as a “federal space” that already has a presence in 14 autonomous communities and that it aspires to have its own representation throughout the national territory. Uralde has ruled out “alliances with regional parties.” “I have already experienced that in Equo, I do not think it is effective because for those parties issues of regional interest are a priority, above environmental issues,” he stated, to defend a “confluence present throughout the State so that green policies are made throughout the State. ”
He has also defended a left-wing policy, away from other strategies that seek to place environmentalism on the fringes of the social and economic axis. “We are an ecosocialist force, of the left. Because environmentalism systematically advances hand in hand with the left. We do not believe in other formulas. Wherever the right governs, there is a brake and a setback in environmental policies,” he concluded.
The launch of the match was paralyzed by the pandemic. After the 2019 break, Uralde has already started working on this project. Their first meeting took place in March 2020, just the week in which the WHO declared a health emergency. Now, with the vaccination process launched and a few hours after the change in the General Secretariat of Podemos takes place, where everything indicates that Belarra will replace Pablo Iglesias, they have decided to relaunch the project with an eye on the electoral cycle that will take place. It will open with the Andalusian elections, scheduled for the end of 2020, and 2023 in which all institutional power will be distributed at the municipal, regional and state levels.