Target: Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica
Goal: Thank Friends of the Earth for educating the public about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
An international trade agreement, aiming to dismantle environmental and labor protections while increasing corporate profits, is being debated behind closed doors. The United States has approved participation for hundreds of corporate representatives while keeping the public and members of Congress in the dark. Yet despite such intentional secrecy, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the U.S. and the European Union is meeting resistance–thanks in large part to organizations like Friends of the Earth.
Friends of the Earth monitors trade deals, and works to educate private citizens and policy makers about their often-hidden consequences. The organization helped expose the dangers of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) between the U.S. and countries like Brunei, Chile, and Singapore. Similar to the emerging TTIP, the TPP pushed for a separate court system where corporations can sue countries for “impeding trade” with laws with the intention of protecting consumers and the environment. Nations that restrict sweatshop labor, genetically modified food, hormone-laced meat, and tar sands oil exploration could be sued for potentially unlimited damages, and in secret. This would almost certainly lead to weakened regulations, increased labor abuses, and unchecked pollution.
Supporters of TTIP, dubbed “the biggest bilateral trade agreement in history,” say it will “create jobs”. Friends of the Earth U.S. and Friends of the Earth Europe have partnered to make sure the public knows the truth. Thank the organization for its advocacy on behalf of people and the environment, and for shedding light on these trade deals’ dangers.
Dear Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica,
Trade talks continue for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and are ramping up for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Despite secret proceedings and claims that the deals would help struggling economies, the global public has increasingly come out in opposition to the agreement. Friends of the Earth has been instrumental in this, informing average citizens and policy makers about the consequences of these top-secret trade negotiations.
From corporate-friendly tribunals to weakened labor and environmental protections, there is little to love about the TTIP. That talks are being conducted in such secrecy should be a red flag, but without accurate information it’s impossible for the public to make informed choices. Through the “Fair trade, not free trade” campaign, Friends of the Earth has helped build international resistance to policies that would make the world less safe, less free, and less sustainable.
As you said in the article you co-authored with Friends of the Earth Europe President Magda Stoczkiewicz, “People, not corporations, should determine the future of the transatlantic economy, including what kind of future we want for our children.” Thank you for your dedication to ending the secrecy, and for exposing the truth about international free trade agreements.
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