John Rensenbrink, a political scientist and conservationist, was one of the co-founders of the American Green Party. Age-wise, he was 93.
According to the official account provided by the Green Party of Canada, he passed away in a hospice with his family by his side. According to an obituary in the Bangor Daily News, Rensenbrink passed away on July 30.
According to a statement from the Green Party, Rensenbrink assisted in planning the first American Green Party meeting, which took place in Maine in 1984.
His assistance in founding the state’s first Green Party, the Maine Green Party, which is now known as the Maine Green Independent Party, was acknowledged by members of the Maine Green Independent Party.
Rensenbrink taught political theory and history at Bowdoin College in Maine for many years. He helped create the new political party in an effort to advance international harmony and environmental preservation because he was dissatisfied with the Democratic Party.
The Green Party’s current and former members, who were among those who knew him best, praised him for his tenacious activism and crucial contribution to the expansion of the party’s organizing.
Government reform advocate and former Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader said in a statement that Rensenbrink “embodied the best of American progressive politics.” John Rensenbrink served as an inspiration for green movements at all levels, including local, national, and international.
In Pease, Rensenbrink was born into a family of dairy farmers. He moved to Maine after earning his degree from the University of Chicago in the 1960s.
In the 1996 Senate election, which Republican Susan Collins won, he received about 4% of the vote. According to a statement from the state party, he was also chosen to serve as the first co-chair of the Maine Green Party.
“He not only revolutionized third-party politics in the United States, but he also showed us how to recontextualize our views of ourselves outside conventional systems of politics and economics,” said Fred McCann, co-chair of the Maine Green Independent Party today.
In September, a memorial service will be held, according to Rensenbrink’s obituary.
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