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German Greens Co-Founder Eva Quistorp. Photo: EON

We are honored to devote this edition to an in depth interview with our beloved friend Eva Quistorp.

Eva Quistorp is a remarkable woman who has been a major actor in the events of the last half-century. She is a Co-Founder of the German and European, the Honolulu and Brasilian Green Parties between 1979 and 1986.

She also co-founded:
Women for Peace in Germany and Europe 1980.
The Heinrich Boell foundation in1987.
The Global Platform on Gender and Climate Justice 1995.
ATTAC Germany in the year 2000.

In this 3-part interview, conducted in Bolinas, California in 2009, she shares the learnings, perspective and wisdom gained in a still-on-going life of committed and effective international political activism. She lays out her vision of an holistic agenda for a planetary civil society.

Eva Quistorp Pt. 1 – Education of a Planetarian

Eva Quistorp Pt.2 – Creating a Planetary Civil Society

Eva Quistorp Pt. 3 – Evolution of the German Greens

The Evolution of a Planetarian
Eva points out that she is a relative of the mother and wife of Wernher von Braun. In 1973 she began to write about Robert Oppenheimer and Edward Teller and the scientists with responsibilities for the nuclear age and HIroshima bombing. In 1977 she started to organise against nuclear power and nuclear weapons and Cruise and Pershing II missiles, and went into action again in 1979 with the NATO double track decision. That was the year Wernher von Braun died and left a heritage which Eva sees as fully contrary to her family’s life as an anti-Nazi family.

Eva observes that, “In the end of their high level carriers, scientists like Einstein and others, often get more moral views when death is coming near and they look back. So Wernher von Braun has written when he had cancer about 1977, ‘Maybe we should have looked more into the misery and conflicts on earth and tried to solve the problems of poverty, war and keep the earth a livable place for all.’ ”

This became the task of Eva Quistorp and her friends in the global womens,ecology and peace movements and reform politics for a global new green deal. Her work continues.

Eva Quistorp has been a major actor in the events of the last half-century in different social movements. “Especially,” she says, “around 1968 and the womens’ movement in the 70ties, and with the peace and ecology movements in the ‘eighties, solidarnocs and charta in ‘77, Swords to Plowshares in Eastern Europe before the falling down of the wall in 1989. Then working on building a new Europe and a better UN ever since.”


She is a Co-Founder of the German and European Greens 1979/1980;
 the Honolulu and Brasilian Green Parties between 1984-1986; 
was member of the European Parliament from 1989-1994; representative of the German and European Peace Movement against nuclear weapons with Petra Kelly, Heinrich Boell, Günter Grass, Claude Bourdet, Solange Fernex, Luciana Castellina and Emma Bonino, of END.

She worked on European nuclear disarmament with Mary Kaldor, Edward THompson, Rudolf Bahro. As a result of that work, she met Gorbatschov.

Eva worked on Women for a Meaningful Summit with Margarete Papandreou of Greece, and also with Freeze with Randall Forsberg and Cora and Peter Weiss. 


She also co-founded or is linked with:
the Chile Committee in 1973, and Latin America newswomen against nuclear energy in Gorleben, Wyhl, Kalkar, Fessenheim, in1977.


She was involved in organizing Women for Peace in Germany and Europe 1980, organising women peace marches through EUrope and in Japan.


The Heinrich Boell foundation https://www.boell.de/ in 1987 funded
Women in Development and Environment, WEDO, where she worked with Bella Abzug and Mim Kelber of the USA.

In 1992, Eva worked with the global commission to fund and reform the UN. Since 1992, she has been working with Hazel Hendersen, looking for ethical markets and organizing
the Womens Network around the UNCED in RIo de Janeiro.

She worked on chapter 24 within the agenda 21;
the action platfrom of Beijing Womens World Conference and the Chapter on Women and Environment and Women in Conflict Zones;
the global platform on Gender and Climate Justice between 1995 (Berlin ) AND 2009 (Copenhagen UN climate summit). She was involved in
Medica Mondiale during the war in Bosnia 1992/93, and was 
part of the Forum 2000 of Vaclav Havel. She is 
now counselling UNWOMAN and the World Future Council with Jakov von Uexkuell & Vandana Shiva.


She is a member of Greenpeace and Amnesty International , the trade union Verdi ,the Protestant Church in Germany, and is an
Honorable Member and Prize Winner of the Society for Endangered People.

Eva is
co-founder of the old greens, and says she is still looking for dignity for old and honorable people in what she calls ‘our crazy internet turbocapitalism speed and facebook times,’ which she says are
enslaving us to electronic machines and using slavery work in Bangladesh or China for cheap consumer goods.

She is a
co-founder of ATTAC Germany in the year 2000 , warning about the financial crises coming www.attac.org; 
and an orgaizer of the 24 May International Womens Action Day for Peace and Disarmament www.ipb.org

In this 3-part interview, conducted in Bolinas, California in 2009, she shares the learnings, perspective and wisdom gained in a still-on-going life of committed and effective international political activism. She lays out her vision of an holistic agenda for a planetary civil society.

As a ‘Child of Hope,’ born in 1945 – the year WWII ended and the Atomic Age began – Ms. Quistorp studied German literature, protestant theology and political science at the Free University of Berlin, and was part of the student movement in the ‘60’s.
She then became active in the new womens movement and building up, with many others, of the anti-nuclear energy movement in Germany around 1973-1977. That movement has finally resulted in the phasing out of nuclear energy in Germany after the Fukushima accident and disaster in 2011.

She had become a member of the (group) presidency of the German Green Party around the time of the Chernobyl disaster (April 26, 1986), and just in time to support the eastern European democratic opposition in the time of Gorbatschov and Vaclav Havel.
She became Member of the European Parliament from 1989 to1994, participating in the RIo conference and the Beijing Womens’ Conference and the Vienna Human Rights Conference of the UN.

She met Kennedy as a student in Berlin in June 1963. She invited Jesse Jackson to a peace rally against nuclear weapons in Berlin in 1984. She met Obama in Boston 2004 and still believes in the citizen rights movements of the USA, from which many young Germans learned in the last 40 years.

Eva is now part of Grandmothers for Peace, Abolition 2000, the Mayors for Peace, and the global commission to fund and reform the UN

She says she is trying to walk what she talked…as her friends Wanghaari Mathai and Petra Kelly and many unknown wise women and honest citizens have done.”We shall overcome..we shall live in peace,deep in my heart ,I do believe…..”
www.berlin-declaration.org

www.boell.de

www.europeangreens.org

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