PARTY ESTONIAN GREEN
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS 2021 PROGRAM
Adopted at the general meeting of the party on 09.06.2021
1. GENERAL PRINCIPLES
The Estonian Greens party follows the UN Sustainable Development Goals in its program and policy. In September 2015, the UN Summit in New York adopted the Sustainable Development Goals. Until 2030, the UN member states, including Estonia, will strive for these goals, both in their domestic policy and in international cooperation.
The Estonian Green party takes into account the Estonian environmental strategy until 2030 when formulating its policy and activities. In local governments, we implement the greening “nudge” recommendations proposed by environmental associations.
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2. ENVIRONMENT AND ECOSYSTEMS
2.1. WE SUPPORT BIODIVERSITY AND GREEN NETWORKS
We support the conservation and restoration of habitats. We create and maintain green networks. The aim of the green network is to connect different types of natural or near-natural land and water areas in a coherent way in order to ensure their ecological functioning and the preservation of landscapes.
We reduce “apparent” involvement, where the input is asked for but not acted upon. We organize public discussions and information exchange so that the target groups can be involved in forest work plans, so that clear-cutting and forest networks important for the community are not managed by clear-cutting, and restrictions on felling can be introduced into local government master plans.
Locals must have the right to have a say in the development of their living environment. We ask the opinion of the people about projects with a high environmental impact, the result is binding for the local government.
Together with the residents, we identify local nature conservation needs and ask nature conservation experts for appropriate solutions for the area.
We make available to everyone information about the areas and individual objects protected by the local government and the restrictions related to them
In local development plans, we aim to increase biodiversity. The aim is to manage greenery in the best way possible to maintain and further increase existing biodiversity - and to be consistent in this. By introducing planning and construction of human settlements that support the natural environment and biodiversity, as well as green area maintenance practices, it is possible to slow down (and sometimes reverse) the loss of biodiversity associated with urbanization.
We are increasing the area of greenery in the cities. In this way, we can mitigate the effects of heat waves and floods in the city and preserve natural diversity. However, in order to build a functioning green network, it is important that the recommendations are taken into account in all municipalities. We ensure the coherence of the green network in cities as well as in sparsely populated landscapes.
In order to protect biodiversity, species richness as well as our health, we use natural and environmentally friendly practices in landscaping instead of pesticides.
We follow the close-to-nature principles of permaculture. We create functional green areas that increase biodiversity - green space as a food area. For example, apple trees and raspberries from old farms can be found on the limestone bank of Lasnamäe. Such natural value must be preserved as a public experience and experience value in landscaping. We will increase the share of fruit trees and berry bushes in landscaping.
We stand for the preservation of heritage communities (incl. Sand trees and wooded meadows). We encourage the appreciation of geographically characteristic landscapes - alpine (alvars), wooded meadows, domed landscapes, bogs. We preserve the remaining bogs and bogs in our areas.
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2.2. WE APPROVE ONLY ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY GENERAL PLANS
We will create jobs for green network monitoring and conservation specialists in local governments, whose task is to be responsible for the preservation of forests, habitats and species richness.
With local general plans, we will end clear-cutting in recreational forests (incl. RMK KAH areas), nature protection areas in restricted zones and green networks.
We will restore the rules concerning protective forests in the Forest Act. We will restore the category of recreational forests and management conditions. We want there to be no clear-cutting and renewal felling in the Forest Act.
In the general plans, we establish the amount of preserved trees to be preserved in forests. The more preserved trees left in the forest, the more positive the impact on biodiversity.
2.3. WE PROTECT THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT
We also protect urban biodiversity outside parks, forests and protected areas. In cities, very rich places can also be waste lands, former landfills, unmowed areas, abandoned plots. We believe that in order to preserve biodiversity, areas that are not over-organized should also be kept in cities.
We will protect urban green areas, boulevards and old trees. The volume of urban green spaces must remain the same over the years and, if necessary, increase in order to meet the targets set in the climate plan.
We support landscaping of yards and creation of local landscaping companies.
We will also promote the protection of nature and the creation of habitats in densely populated areas. We support the creation of local protected areas.
Areas that are mowed once a year allow meadow plants to bloom to the fullest and communities that depend on the diversity of flowering plants to maintain the following:
for one year. We will only increase the proportion of green areas mowed once a year in order to maintain diversity. In landscaping we prefer old local plant varieties.
If the area of green space or park is reduced, a new and equivalent one must be created instead in at least the same city. The area of green areas must not be allowed to decrease.
We plant more trees and shrubs in the city.
2.4. WE DEMAND NESTING PEACE AND LIVING HABITATS
We support the recommendations of nature conservationists that logging restrictions apply in Estonia from April 15 to July 15, in protected areas from March 15 to August 31.
Felling restrictions must be taken into account in forests, parks and individual trees and shrubs. In addition to birds, nesting peace is also needed for animals (such as squirrels). The nesting peace helps to prevent the death of up to 100,000 young birds and slows down the decline of the species richness and number of birds in Estonia.
We create additional opportunities for nesting birds, for example, by installing nest boxes on hollow nesters and ensuring the annual cleaning of nest boxes, as well as by planting shrub fronts in parks and settlements.
The lack of suitable insects is one of the main factors limiting the success of nesting birds.
We support the installation of insect hotels and leaving unmowed areas in densely populated areas. Uncut areas are important habitats for urban animals and increase the species richness of vegetation. We preserve lying wood in order to increase the species richness of insects, the food base of chicks and offer some bird species a nesting place and shelter from predators.
We are expanding the requirements for felling peace according to the needs of wild animals. If a bear winters, a lynx hunts or a wolf pack is located in an area with planned large-scale felling, a temporary felling truce will remain in place until the threat to the welfare of wild animals living in the area has passed.
2.5. WE ARE INCREASING THE VOLUME OF LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS
Local government support for non-profit environmental projects needs to be increased. Funding rates for environmental projects must be equivalent to other funded areas. If initiatives are not supported, they will disappear as soon as the teams or leaders who have worked excitedly are tired.
We involve experts to assess local government subsidies for apartment associations, maintenance and landscaping. We assess with the help of experts whether the environment is sufficiently protected. The problem is, for example, the loss of green space in the construction of car parks.
2.6. WE ARE DEVELOPING A BLUE NETWORK
We are developing the municipal blue network - we use nature-based solutions when restoring water bodies.
We use rainwater as a resource in both buildings and landscaping. We are developing sustainable stormwater collection and drainage solutions in municipal institutions to ensure the resilience of urban areas to the changing climate, to solve flooding problems and to reduce flood-related problems.
One of the reasons for the floods is the increase in impermeable areas and the decrease in green areas due to expanding construction activities. Sustainable rainwater systems also offer rainwater drainage solutions in areas of multi-storey buildings with few green spaces.
2.7. WE UNDERSTAND ANIMAL PROTECTION AS PART OF MUNICIPAL GOVERNANCE
We involve specialists to assess and implement animal protection in local governments.
Animals are capable of feeling pain and emotion and should not be subjected to ill-treatment due to human thirst, greed or negligence.
We ensure that the local government fully complies with the obligations arising from the Animal Protection Act and does not create a shortage of money as a reason for not fulfilling the obligations imposed on it.
We will create rehabilitation centers in local governments to help injured wild animals. We guarantee the welfare of wild animals in difficult situations. This cannot be the sole responsibility of a rescue agency without special training in wild animals.
Today, there are no animal specialists in police stations. Often, law enforcement officers themselves do not know that they should deal with animal cases but delegate this task to voluntary animal protectors. People don't know who to turn to when they see an animal in trouble. As a result, many animals today are left without the necessary help.
We will create trained units in local governments dealing with the prevention of animal abuse and resolving cases.
We are securing funding for shelters so that animals can live there, not wait for death. We give volunteers the opportunity to take care of the animals professionally and with proper tools.
We help organize information campaigns for animal owners. The most important issue in the pet field is the sterilization / castration of domestic cats. Because many do not, thousands of unwanted kittens are born each spring, many of whom die on the streets, contract dangerous infectious diseases, or fall prey to some larger animals.
We honor the climbing and registration of pets. Too often, animals chipped from a shelter or clinic whose chip is not registered arrive on the street. The chip is only useful if it is registered.
We keep dog walking areas in good condition so that they are not endangered.
We prohibit the constant chaining of dogs. A dog is a very social animal that needs close contact with people, movement, play and positive emotions just like humans. Keeping a dog in a chain is extremely cruel and completely banned in Hungary, Sweden, Austria, Cyprus, but also in several US states. Exceptionally, a dog may be allowed to be chained for up to three hours, provided that drinking water is available to the dog at all times.
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3.1. BRAKING CLIMATE CHANGE IS A PRIORITY
We organize information sessions and trainings for the public to explain the effects of climate change. We regularly publish and update information on the implementation of the climate and energy plan. In this way, residents can also understand why various carbon reduction measures are being taken and how the share of their home is improving.
We monitor the implementation of both local and national climate plans and the consideration of conditions that inhibit climate change when preparing plans and development plans.
Each municipality must have its own climate plan. Under the climate plan, the municipality can apply for money for green investments. We are preparing a climate plan in those municipalities where it does not exist today.
We involve local people, businesses and associations in all stages of drawing up climate and energy plans. Tackling climate change and the transition to a balanced economy and a sustainable society require ambitious goals and bold decisions, involving all those affected by change as early as possible.
3.2. WE ARE SUPPORTING PERMANENT FORESTRY
We use only permanent forestry techniques in municipal forests. Permanent forestry also enables the preservation of the ecological, cultural and sociological values and biodiversity of the forest in the commercial forest. Recreational forests, valuable habitats, restricted zones of protected areas and the green network must certainly not be managed by clear-cutting.
With regard to the mapping of valuable habitats, we cooperate with the Estonian Fund for Nature and forest owners to ensure the protection of species in the forests within the local government area. In cooperation with the Estonian Fund for Nature, we are launching a program for the protection of valuable habitats (VEP) in order to map and protect all preserved valuable habitats.
We support training in permanent forestry among local private forest owners. The Greens support long-term forestry. Our goal is also to ensure a sufficient number of protected and untouched areas to balance felling volumes.
We organize public discussions and information exchange so that the target groups can be truly involved in forestry plans.
We support nature tourism and therapy, harvesting, new products based on forest products, national handicrafts and other economic activities based on the many values of the forest. The forest offers much more than just wood.
3.3. BRING ENERGY CREATION TO THE LOCAL LEVEL
We are helping to create energy cooperatives. The creation of energy cooperatives will expand the opportunities for small investors and other market interested parties to join green energy production. This reduces the carbon footprint of both the municipality and the state and accelerates the green revolution.
In the general or county plan, we determine specific areas for the development of renewable energy. Simplify and speed up the creation of new production facilities by providing clear guidance from the outset on where this is allowed, where it is prohibited, and on what scale. If the spatial layout is clear, the local government can facilitate the issuance of permits for the construction of wind and solar parks in order to facilitate Estonia's transition to the use of renewable energy. However, it must be borne in mind that each specific development project is different, so environmental impact and other studies need to be carried out on a case-by-case basis.
We promote the use of renewable energy and involve local communities in projects. We will switch all local government agencies and public buildings to 100% renewable energy. The example of the municipality in the use of renewable energy can motivate residents to switch to green energy.
We will continue to support the renovation. We support the arrangement of the facades of buildings and making them more energy efficient. We encourage the use of factory-produced modules and elements in the construction and reconstruction of buildings, which enable faster and more energy-efficient reconstruction of buildings.
We are taking the initiative to install solar panels on the roofs of apartment buildings / shopping centers / commercial buildings.
3.4. WE SUPPORT CAR-FREE MOVEMENT
We will create a coherent, safe movement network for pedestrians, cyclists and other mobility vehicles rolling up to 25 km / h, passing through the city and connecting the districts.
We are building an uninterrupted and standards-compliant core network of cycle paths that can be used all year round.
We provide lockable bicycle parking spaces at all public institutions. We make sure that there are safe and convenient bicycle storage and parking points. We support the installation of safe and weatherproof bicycle and pram storage near houses.
We are expanding bicycle rental points to make the rental system more convenient than before.
To increase safety and reduce road deaths, we are reducing the speed limit.
We are developing a car sharing service alternative to owning a car.
We are improving the Park & Drive system to reduce the number of cars in the city.
We are modernizing transport strategies. We review, update or create transport strategies if necessary. We create strategies to achieve a city free of cars with petrol and diesel engines.
We will analyze noise and light pollution in different parts of the city and develop a new action plan to reduce them.
3.5. WE DEVELOP PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES
We are reorganizing public transport routes so that the routes are as convenient and wisely planned as possible and cover areas that are currently difficult to access or even unconnected.
To prevent car use from increasing and decreasing, and with it toxic air pollution, we are adding new bus lines and tightening public transport schedules.
Let us switch completely to the use of non-fossil fuels in public transport.
In larger cities, we will restore night transport and add public transport trips on weekends so that the districts are connected at night as well.
We will introduce environmentally friendly low-floor public transport.
We are creating an infrastructure for plug-in hybrid, electric and hydrogen vehicles for charging batteries and refueling with hydrogen fuel. Among other things, we will create an opportunity for apartment associations to build charging stations near their houses.
We are building secure parking garages in the districts near apartment buildings, where there are enough charging stations for cars and other vehicles, including luggage robots, to make room for landscaping, pedestrians and cyclists at the expense of vehicles parked on the street. We are not building new car parks at the expense of green spaces.
3.6. WE IMPROVE PUBLIC SERVICES
We are installing drinking water screens in public spaces to reduce the negative environmental impact associated with the consumption of bottled water and to ensure that travelers have a constant opportunity to stimulate their health with clean water.
We provide hand washing facilities and free public toilets for people to use comfortably in all green areas and sports fields.
3.7. WE FAVOR LOCAL FOOD PRODUCTION
We support Estonia's complete transition to organic farming. The negative environmental impact of intensive agriculture on biodiversity in Estonia has been proven.
We encourage nature-restoring and local food production through catering procurement conditions. Preference for more local, plant-based and organic production through special procurement conditions will help to move towards nature-restoring food production. Preference is given to food produced in the municipality or within a radius of 100 km.
We use local ecologically clean food to cater for kindergartens and schoolchildren.
We map and plan areas suitable for modern urban agriculture. We support the establishment of community gardens.
We are developing the city's food independence by creating new jobs in small farms within and near the city. We use vertical aquaculture and aeroponics techniques to grow local food.
Community gardens help to improve the state of biodiversity in settlements, reduce habitat fragmentation and curb the loss of pollinators, which threatens global food security and the functioning of ecosystems. Community gardens support the alleviation of these major environmental problems. In addition, community gardens can be seen as social and ecological systems that support food production and community interaction.
We support the protection of nature and the creation of habitats by landowners, for example by reducing the size of fields by planning nesting hedges.
3.8. WASTE DOES NOT NEED TO BE GARBAGE
We map the possibilities of the municipal circular economy together with experts and universities. We will create additional recycling centers in districts and smaller areas.
We support decent free shipping of old things to recycling centers. We will introduce a system for mapping the production residues of companies and using them more efficiently. We encourage the repair of things and the activities of repairers.
We create official information channels about the circular economy and waste management. We use environmentally friendly technologies and contribute to their spread. Each resident must find out on the website of his or her local government how sorting is organized in his or her place of residence. We support the development of an environmentally friendly way of thinking. We are promoting reducing consumption and increasing the wisdom of money.
We install sorted waste collection points within walking distance of homes, and in cities, packaging containers to every larger house.
We guarantee free removal of clean sorted waste for both residents and companies.
We organize local bio-waste management. We support the composting of bio-waste at both the individual and municipal levels. We organize the removal of garden waste from private individuals. We create a system for mapping the production residues of companies and using them more efficiently.
We organize the cleaning of the dogs afterwards and place the collection boxes in the places where the dog owners need them. We recycle bio-waste.
We organize free transportation of larger municipal waste (sofas, household appliances, tires, etc.) to apartment and private houses at least twice a year.
We make big events environmentally friendly and forbid the use of disposable plastic utensils at events. We link grants and recognitions to the observance of environmental protection principles in organizing and conducting events.
3.9. WE REDUCE FOOD WASTE
We favor both the reduction of food waste and the increase in the availability of seasonal products of Estonian producers.
We support the work of food rescue organizations and more effective regional cooperation between social workers and food distributors.
We prohibit the inclusion of food in household waste in shops and catering establishments.
We support the possibility that food that is best before the deadline, but which is still fit to eat, will reach people who want to eat such food. Eligible until shelf life food is sent to bio-waste.
Completely spoiled food must be removed from the packaging and disposed of as biodegradable waste.
3.10. WE PROMOTE GREEN BUSINESS
We support business incubation centers established by local governments. The task of the centers would be to provide the necessary infrastructure for business in the form of favorable rental premises, high-speed Internet connection, meeting rooms. Heritage buildings that do not have an application would also be well suited for such buildings.
We support the increase in the share of the organic economy and create community stores directly from the producer to the consumer method and with the support of local investors.
We encourage the creation of circular economic cycles between companies.
We will include environmental objectives in the procurement process to ensure the environmental, social and economic sustainability of procurement, and we will turn all procurement into green procurement within four years. We make the use of renewable energy, energy efficiency, the life cycle price of products and buildings, and the rate of carbon sequestration important criteria in the procurement of local government agencies.
We provide advertising tax benefits to packaging-free trade companies.
We educate traders and customers about environmentally friendly packaging methods and packaging reuse options. We recognize and motivate the public to reduce packaging. At the local government level, we are setting an example of how to reduce packaging in administrative activities. For example, we will end food repackaging and disposable food supplies in educational and social care institutions.
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4. SOCIAL PROTECTION
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4.1. MAKE VOLUNTARY VACCINATION AVAILABLE TO ALL
We are doing everything we can to end the pandemic and enable people to have a safe everyday life. Voluntary vaccination is a way out of the corona crisis. Basic services must function smoothly even in times of crisis, and queues due to lack of care must be addressed as a matter of priority.
In the event of a coronavirus and other possible future pandemics, a timely, rapid and appropriate response to the changing situation, both by our leaders and by ordinary people, is essential.
We support the introduction of a vaccination passport, as it will provide a better overview of who has become immune to the virus. People who have previously been infected with the virus, as well as those who have been vaccinated, will be able to play a greater role in carrying out the necessary social tasks. The international vaccination passport significantly reduces the burden on the Health Board, for example, even when monitoring all passengers, and so on.
We support family doctors so that in the event of this and possible future pandemics, rapid voluntary mass vaccination would be possible all over Estonia.
4.2 WE INCREASE THE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCESSIBILITY OF SOCIAL SERVICES
We are developing an evidence-based and citizen-friendly needs assessment process. Every resident, with the help of the local government, must understand what services are intended for him and how to get them. The process of reaching the service and financing it must be transparent to the resident.
We will increase the supply of suitable social apartments for target groups with different needs, and we will start well-thought-out cooperation with developers. We support the adaptation of social housing to the needs of the disabled.
Social and health services must be easily and timely available at all stages of life. Services must be people-centered and not overburdened with red tape. In the case of social and health services, we are investing more resources in prevention than before.
We bring free addiction treatment to those in need through family doctor services and evaluate the possibilities of local governments in providing treatment services close to home.
We will create a comprehensive volunteer-based facilitator system involving active people of all ages, including young and old. In this way, we can reach out to different people in need in their daily activities such as shopping, transport, cleaning, etc. We will increase the share of telephone counseling in volunteering in supporting the mental health of those in need. We encourage voluntary youth work and support the provision of experiential counseling.
We stand for free or discounted legal aid to be available in all local governments. Legal aid must be available on favorable terms to individuals, officials and, for example, housing associations.
We promote good health. In cooperation with the state, we exempt from the special preferential tax that expenditure by undertakings on the prevention and treatment of workers' illnesses.
4.3. WE GUARANTEE RESIDENCE FOR EVERYONE
We find means in the municipality to offer people protection in the event of homelessness, loss of work or loss of a breadwinner. Each municipality should have a municipal accommodation center and shelters for children, victims of intimate partner violence and other vulnerable target groups. For example, buildings under heritage protection that are currently in danger of extinction and immovables without reasonable use used by local governments can be used for this purpose.
The design and construction of social housing in peri-urban areas reduces the involvement of their inhabitants. Social housing should not be hidden away from the settlement.
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4.4. WE GUARANTEE BETTER ASSISTANCE FOR DISABLED AND ELDERLY PEOPLE
We will expand support services that enable people with disabilities to live at home, such as the social transport service, the personal assistant service, the support person service, the sign language translation service and other needs-based services.
We also arrange home help outside working hours so that everyone can manage at home.
We support the service of a helper or support person for families with a high care burden so that people can live at home for as long as possible.
We organize affordable nursing services for the elderly and promote community-based support for the elderly by creating decent homes for the elderly at affordable prices.
4.5. FACILITATING THE ENTRY INTO THE LABOR MARKET OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
We motivate young specialists to actively work with both children with special needs and adults.
We improve employment opportunities for people with special needs - we work with the unemployment fund to create better solutions.
We will continue to support people's ability to use their home office at least 4 days a week. Working in a home office helps to save nature, save resources and reconcile work and family life in many positions.
We promote opportunities for organizing childcare at employers. We are exploring ways to give employers tax breaks.
4.6. WE EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF EQUAL TREATMENT
We organize trainings for local government employees on the Equal Treatment Act in order to increase awareness and develop better services for all Estonian residents, including new people with a linguistic and cultural background.
We think that the local government could be a pioneer in creating a diverse team. We make sure that as many people of different ages and backgrounds as possible are represented when hiring new people with the same qualifications. We make annual summaries of the division of the team.
In cooperation with the state, we focus on reducing the wage gap and monitor the equality of wages in the local government. The easiest way to reduce the pay gap is to disclose wages. The Estonian Green Party considers it right to make it compulsory to indicate the salary range in public job offers.
All of our people are important and must be involved in decision-making about interest groups. Thus, we involve the Estonian LGBT Association in decisions concerning LGBT + people. We proceed from the manifesto of all families in the administration of local government.
We join the Rainbow Cities program.
We will improve equal treatment for the elderly. We will create intergenerational community centers to encourage people of all ages to work together and reduce the generation gap.
We will involve more women in decision-making processes than before. Involving women in local government decisions and plans contributes to increasing accessibility and safety.
We reduce the burden on women in caring for their relatives and offer decent opportunities for day care for both children and adults with special needs.
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4.7. WE MAKE THE PUBLIC SPACE ACCESSIBLE
We will create a public space accessible to all people. We ensure the accessibility of new and renovated buildings and other infrastructure objects, including social housing, both to the users of mobility equipment and to others, such as those with prams.
We make the city, rural municipality and settlement comfortably accessible for both wheelchair and wheelchair users.
We will improve the accessibility of public buildings for people with reduced mobility and support companies that want to do the same.
We make schools and kindergartens physically accessible. We support educational institutions in acquiring study materials and teaching materials that meet special needs.
Public transport and its stops must be accessible.
We are also improving digital accessibility. We make sure that local government services are available to all people living in local governments and that the obligations given to local governments are financially covered by the state. Digital services must take into account all needs.
We explain decisions and actions in simple language. We will bring the law closer to the individual and make available as easily explained versions of the law as possible. We will reduce the bureaucratic languge in the information and reply letters of local governments. We explain information about children and people with special needs about them according to their level of development, thus ensuring their rights.
Culture must be accessible to all, including all people with special needs. We support the comprehensive plans for making it accessible. We provide translation, subtitles, etc. for public events so that all people can take part in cultural events.
4.8. WE INCREASE SECURITY
We will increase funding for fire, ambulance and safety projects.
We are implementing a zero vision of reducing the number of deaths. No one should die in traffic, water or fires.
We will continue the support program "Homes Safe" - renovating old heating systems and making homes safer.
The local government is responsible for the protection of citizens and human rights in the territory of the local government.
Victims' confidence in law enforcement must be increased and the victim's prosecution must be stopped. We support the activities of shelters.
We will improve cooperation with the police and other organizations to make it easier to report domestic violence and seek help.
We will improve outreach and access to mental health services to prevent and deter domestic violence. We apply the necessary mental health services to the perpetrator in order to break the chains of violence.
4.9. WE PROTECT CHILDREN'S RIGHTS
Each municipality must have a child protection specialist. Communities need to be trained to educate the local community on children's rights and protection. Services must be provided proactively to children and families, not just when problems arise. Prevention must become an active part of child protection work.
We support the operation and expansion of orphanages and local family centers throughout Estonia. Services for children and families must be known, available and available free of charge to residents. Services needed for a child also include services that teach parents positive parenting and relationship therapies.
We support diverse youth work and active and healthy leisure time for children. We will increase the availability of children's mental health services, including psychiatrists and psychologists. Children must be guaranteed a full childhood, which provides a safe basis for reaching adulthood.
4.10. WE DEAL WITH CHILD MAINTENANCE DEBTORS
We believe that the local government must help parents to arrange separation agreements, as this will reduce the number of maintenance debtors.
The task of the local government should also be to inform the state about maintenance debtors and to support single parents with poor economic status and their children with both benefits and services.
We organize local government trainings on financial awareness for mothers and fathers of minor children.
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5. CULTURE AND EDUCATION
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5.1. WE CONSIDER INDIVIDUALITY IN EDUCATION
Education is flexible and accessible, personality-oriented and everyone's learning path runs through the life cycle.
We support an education system that values cooperation, creativity, the development of individuality, an inspiring learning environment and the creation of conditions for the holistic development of all people throughout their lives.
We develop the education of children with special needs and support a better service for support persons.
We support the provision of distance learning at all levels of education. We support schools in providing distance learning technologies. We create learning environments that support learning and creativity, where both children and teachers are good to be. We value the role of the teacher in society. A happy teacher is a committed and supportive teacher.
We develop students' talents and encourage creativity. Science and art creation (STEAM) and environmental education are the focus of all levels of education.
Funding for schools must be independent of party politics, and schools must have greater flexibility in the use of funding.
We support the preservation of small schools, small classes and smaller classes, homeschooling, greater participation of communities in school life and school organization, and the involvement of children in community life. Every child must have the opportunity to go to school and hobbies.
Kindergarten places and food must be available to everyone, accessible and free of charge, as must all other levels of education until the end of secondary school.
5.2. WE MAINTAIN THE MENTAL HEALTH OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
We support the mental health of children and young people - we hire more school psychologists and support staff dealing with children's special needs and developing social skills.
Every Estonian school must have an evidence-based anti-bullying strategy and staff working to reduce bullying.
We support and share information and support on mental health services for children, parents and specialists in local governments.
We support a child who has experienced trauma to get to the necessary services and programs. We develop support person services.
5.3. MAKING HOBBY EDUCATION MORE AVAILABLE
We will make the organization and financing of hobby education transparent. All children must be able to take part in hobby education, which must be affordable, close enough to home and accessible to people with special needs.
We guarantee the cost of one interest group in the amount of 50 euros per month and support the widest possible selection of interest groups. In this regard, we work together between municipalities to offer more diverse opportunities and research the needs of the population.
We support hobby groups in schools. We support the establishment of inventors and research circles for children. We support different
hobby education for students at all levels of education, the expansion of various vocational and in-service training opportunities, entrepreneurship education, as well as joint hobbies for students of different ages.
We support children's summer and work camps for families with low-income children.
5.4. WE DEVELOP ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND OUTDOOR EDUCATION
We will increase the share of environmental education by creating outdoor learning opportunities.
We support science and hobby activities for young people of secondary and basic school age (STEAM).
We encourage schools to join the Green School Program.
We bring back the school gardens where possible and allow them to be used for learning. Working in a school garden should be voluntary for students.
Kindergarten and school programs must include daily outdoor activities that increase the positive health behaviors of children and young people.
We spread knowledge about healthy and environmentally friendly nutrition.
5.5. CHILD - FRIENDLY LIVING ENVIRONMENT
Children and parents need to feel welcome in public. We support the creation of a child-friendly living environment, which also provides space for environmental education and teaches consideration for other members of society.
We organize exercise and play areas for all children, including sports grounds for young people, taking their interests into account.
We appreciate the safety of children's school roads and opportunities to get home from school and hobbies by public transport or light transport.
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5.6. WE GUARANTEE ESTONIAN LANGUAGE LEARNING AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY
We create additional opportunities for learning the Estonian language. We enforce all activities that contribute to the sustainability of the Estonian language as a high-level scientific and cultural language.
We will find additional resources for researching and keeping active indigenous languages (including dialects). We support the preservation and preservation of local indigenous languages and dialects. Preserving, preserving and developing linguistic diversity is an enriching value, we support local language circles and other indigenous cultural activities.
We value culture as the basis of our identity and maintain a balance between modern and traditional, professional and folk culture. The whole creative field is important.
Culture is the glue of community life, the driver of development, the creator of innovation.
We support the activities of rural libraries, village societies and culture houses. Culture keeps the community together. Circulating community centers (cultural centers, schools and other shared buildings) - provide more access for residents.
Methods of community enforcement - we call on people to volunteer to organize fun clubs and theme clubs.
We consider the functioning of the creative field as a complete ecosystem, which includes very different types of creative people and organizations that convey the continuity of Estonian culture today and tomorrow, both at home and internationally, and thus deserve the recognition, attention and support of our public sector.
We encourage the creative economy, help to create businesses that offer cultural added value and (own) cultural tourism.
5.7. THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT IS A PART OF CULTURE
We plan the living environment together with environmental psychologists. Culture and landscapes together form our living environment. We support modern high-quality architecture and public space. We value environmentally valuable architecture.
We protect natural sanctuaries. Shrines must be designated as a separate monument species for the purpose of protecting the intangible and material heritage, natural landscapes and biota associated with them. We stand for natural sanctuaries to be mapped as soon as possible and in full.
5.8. WE PROMOTE SPORTS
We create shared outdoor gyms that are accessible 24 hours a day. We support the construction of new winter swimming places and beach saunas.
We support children's and youth sports clubs. We will create a bonus system for clubs that bring more young people to sports. We will open playgrounds for local schools and kindergartens to increase the opportunity to spend free time actively.
We bring family health events to the activities of local governments, encouraging families to play sports together. Alcohol consumption is not part of the events organized by the local government.
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6.1 WE MONITOR CONSIDERATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL OBJECTIVES
We stand for all decisions taken at the local government level to take into account the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Estonia's environmental strategy until 2030.
We demand green public procurement. We recommend the use of materials suitable for recycling in local government subdivisions, procurements and infrastructure projects. In this way, we increase the environmental friendliness of objects, tools and materials purchased in local government agencies.
Environmental objectives must be included in procurement procedures to ensure the environmental, social and economic sustainability of procurement. Green procurement should gradually become the rule, and green procurement should be exceptions where justified. We prefer products that adhere to the principles of environmental protection and fair trade in procurement.
We create a strategy and accounting for chemicals and other hazardous substances.
We want each municipality to use the principles of the Green Office in its offices. In all economic activities potential actual environmental effects must be assessed.
We will increase inter-municipal cooperation, as this will better meet the goals of sustainable development.
6.2 WE MAKE THE WORK OF MUNICIPALITIES MONITORABLE AND INCLUSIVE
We will make the work of local government officials digitally observable. In this way, a person can at any time see at what stage the application submitted to the local government is currently. The speed and transparency of decision-making will increase, the risk of corruption will decrease and the exchange of information will be simplified.
We make it possible to watch the meetings of rural municipality and city councils and the meetings of committees as a live broadcast via the website of the local government.
We are in favor of paperless and bureaucratic administration. We will carry out as many paperless activities as possible in local governments. People who do not have the skills or opportunity to use e-solutions can turn to municipal service halls and fill in documents on site.
Local government auctions must be digital only to avoid unequal treatment and corruption. We only allow online procurements and auctions in local governments.
We will reduce the bureaucracy related to real estate of private house owners.
We are in favor of an inclusive budget. We involve local people in decisions that affect their home area. We will make the use of local government money completely transparent.
6.3. WE HIRE PEOPLE BASED ON KNOWLEDGE
We depoliticize the management of local government agencies and foundations and companies by recruiting people to work on the basis of their competence, not political affiliation. If necessary, we will reduce the number of officials. By adopting smarter ICT solutions, work efficiency increases, there is no need to duplicate work.
We will improve the teleworking opportunities for officials so that people can work from home, in a café or in the countryside if they wish.
We see that the activities of the city and rural municipality should be covered by independent newsletters or newspapers issued by independent NGOs.
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