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2015: A Year in Review on Trade and the Environment


2015: A Year in Review on Trade and the Environment

Ilana Solomon

In 2015, new trade and investment cases, leaks and texts all demonstrated how trade rules present a significant threat to our environment and climate. But 2015 was also a year of unprecedented grassroots mobilization on trade, indicating that -- if we continue to build on this momentum -- we can close the curtains of the free trade era.

Let's review 2015's trade-and-environment highlight reel -- which demonstrates why 2016 must be the year to stop harmful trade pacts and build a new model of trade that supports communities, our environment and climate.


"For the love of money is the root of all evil..."


Yes Ilana, stopping CETA, TTP, TTIP and TISA must be the ENTIRE progressive community's highest priority in 2016. No matter how much progress siloed progressive groups make on race, environment, etc., these "trade deals" will undo whatever progress they make. Lets hope they wise up to that reality.


Something that seems to have almost disappeared from the public scene are bumper stickers. We need to advertise the existence of these "Free Trade" horrors to a wider audience. I have a 'Stop TTIP' sign in the rear window of my car in the hope that it might pique someone's interest. But if there were hundreds of similar rear windows/bumpers with similar messages people might begin to feel left out if they didn't know what it was all about. These days many people could use their computers and printers to create signs for their cars. Perhaps then we would no longer simply be preaching (lamenting) to the choir.