Trade deals are a climate issue because:
Increased trade increases carbon emissions.
Trade issues often trump environmental ones.
New trade deals threaten to derail some climate agreements.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
This is just one of a 'spagheti soup' of trade deals, liking countries around the world. They all aim to increase profits for multinational companies.
TTIP is not just a trade deal: this treaty between the EC and the US would boost corporate power at the expense of our climate and environment, human and workers’ rights, sovereignty and democracy.
The main parts of this agreement are ‘regulatory harmonisation’ and ‘investor-state dispute settlement’ (ISDS).
‘Regulatory harmonisation’ means a regulatory race to the bottom, reducing regulation down to the lowest, most corporate-friendly levels.
ISDS allows transnational corporations to sue governments directly for any moves such as new legislation that will negatively affect the corporation’s future profits. Where ISDS has been included in trade deals elsewhere, it’s shown to have either limited legislation or led to big payouts.
Negotiations on TTIP between the EU and US began in July 2013 and are still ongoing. There are serious concerns about the lack of accountability and increasing calls for proper parliamentary scrutiny.
Global Justice, War on Want and other groups have been working to get signatures for the European Citizen’s Initiative against TTIP.
So far we have 1,609,567 signatures across Europe, with a target of 2 million by early October. Reaching this goal will strengthen the opposition to TTIP across the continent. In the UK we have reached 223,000 signatures but there’s no reason we shouldn’t hit 300,000 over the summer.
Another action is to get resolutions through local authorities and Global Justice have produced a briefing and model motion for council meetings. Several have already done this.
Remember Plaid Cymru, the Green Party and UKIP are all opposed to TTIP outright.
International Day of Action Against Free Trade Agreements
After the success of the previous days of action we have held in July and October last year, there will be a third on Saturday 18 April. Find out more on this site.