Include Environmental Protections in Multinational Trade Deal


Target: Barack Obama, President of the United States

Goal: Include explicit environmental regulations in the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership to address key environmental issues in the region

Twelve Countries have been negotiating a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal for the past three years. Negotiating nations include the United States, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Chile, Singapore, Peru, Vietnam, New Zealand and Brunei. However, WikiLeaks recently released a secret draft for the environmental chapter of the agreement, which doesn’t address many key environmental issues in the region.

The trade deal does not provide adequate provisions for prosecuting violators of environmental agreements. It does not establish any pollution controls and it does not impose any penalties for non-compliance with regulations. According to a statement from the World Wildlife Federation, the National Resources Defense Council, and the Sierra Club, “this vastly insufficient process is an unacceptable rollback of previous commitments and renders the obligations in this chapter virtually meaningless.”

The trade agreement will inevitably lead to more fracking and the exportation of liquid natural gas. The increase of natural gas exports between partner countries will worsen the global warming crisis. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species agreement has historically been difficult to enforce, and the new partnership negotiation is vague and does not remedy the situation at all. Similarly, the Trans-Pacific Partnership does not ban shark finning, but rather only includes non-binding language that encourages governments to voluntarily conserve ocean life.

Sign the below petition to urge the governments of all Trans-Partnership countries to revise the trade agreement to address key environmental issues in the region.


Dear President Barack Obama,

Global trade is one component to a developing a world that respects and conserves the environment. However, the current version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is too soft on environmental issues and revisions must be made to preserve the land and wildlife habitats.

I am urging you to work with the other partner nations to include additional provisions where they are needed the most. The agreement should enable governments to prosecute people who pollute and destroy the environment. The agreement should discourage fracking practices to prevent further symptoms of global warming. Shark finning needs to be banned once and for all, and this agreement is a great place to establish that precedent. You should also include language in the agreement to effectively enforce the sale of illegal timber and wildlife.

Thank you for doing you part to make global trade an environmentally-beneficial practice.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Gobierno de Chile via WikiMedia Commons

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