No 988 Posted by fw, February 25, 2014
In an email appeal to its supporters, Eduardo Santaela of 350.org urges all to sign the petition and help get the word out to friends to sign on as well.
Here’s Eduardo’s email, dated today —
I’ve got good news and bad news.
Good news first: 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 outcry.
Now for the bad news: the TPP menace is back. 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 strictest 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.
You can also sign the petition by clicking on this link: REJECT THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP
Let’s make them get our message loud and clear: the fossil fuel industry can try to make TPP secretive. They can try to keep us from reaching the negotiators. But they can’t prevent people-power from standing against what’s wrong for the planet.
Onward, Eduardo Santaela – 350.org <firstname.lastname@example.org>