Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Re-posting: Trans-Pacific Partnership

Say no to corporate power grabs - reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will massively boost corporate power at the expense of our climate and environment, human and workers’ rights, sovereignty and democracy. We strongly urge you to publish the text of the TPP as it stands now, reject proposals that would undermine your regulatory power and oppose this corporate power-grab

Why is this important?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a highly secretive and expansive free trade agreement between the United States and twelve Pacific Rim countries, including Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Australia. Leaked text reveals that the TPP would empower corporations to directly sue governments in private and non-transparent trade tribunals over laws and policies that corporations allege reduce their profits.

Legislation designed to address climate change, curb fossil fuel expansion and reduce air pollution could all be subject to attack by corporations as a result of TPP. Additionally, the deal could criminalize internet use, undermine workers’ and human rights, manipulate copyright laws, restrict government regulation of food labeling and adversely impact subsidized healthcare.

The movement we are building locally, nationally and globally to move beyond fossil fuels and create a safe climate future is growing by the day and the fossil fuel industry is getting scared of the uncertainty ahead. The TPP is a symptom of this fear – a massive bid to overthrow any restrictions we might throw at them. But we can stop this. The might of our movement is greater than their money or manipulation.

Negotiations for the “Trans Pacific Partnership”, a secret “free” trade agreement that could trash the climate, were temporarily put on hold thanks to a massive public outcrybut despite the global outpouring of opposition to this corporate giveaway, governments around the world are on the verge of locking in an agreement. Not surprisingly, the fossil fuel industry is helping lead the charge for a swift passage of this climate disaster.

Negotiators are meeting right now in Singapore to lock a deal -- but there’s still a chance that we can stop this. We’ve done it once, and we can do it again. This time, let’s make sure all governments withdraw their support for TPP for good.

The TPP is so secretive that elected officials, civil society and the press have been shut out of negotiations. It is no coincidence that negotiators chose Singapore to meet: the country is one of the most strict places in the world when it comes to public demonstrations. And we had big plans at the meeting -- a team of volunteer activists was organising a petition delivery, but due to high security risks at the place, the plans had to be cancelled.

Corporations are trying to silence our movement, so we need to raise our voices even louder. If delegates are working with the fossil fuel industry on an agreement that puts our planet at stake -- without even letting people express their concerns -- than this can’t be a good deal for people or the planet.

Leaked text from Wikileaks confirms our worst fears: the TPP would empower fossil fuel companies to directly sue governments over laws and policies that they claim reduce their profits. Legislation designed to address climate change, curb fossil fuel expansion and reduce air pollution could all be subject to attack as a result of the TPP. This agreement could well be an enormous corporate power grab made at the expense of our democracy and our climate.

It’s strange enough that our governments aren’t boasting about the benefits TPP would bring.They’re barely mentioning the deal in public, and are keeping public opinion as far as they can from negotiations. That’s why there’s no consensus among negotiators. And that’s why millions of people across the world are opposing TPP.

Sign this petition to show our governments that we won’t stand for foreign corporations disabling our sovereignty, democratic processes or the right to a safe future. CLICK HERE

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