Tell APEC leaders and trade negotiators to not trade away our climate future

World Leaders and Trade Negotiatiors

The world has no time to waste when it comes to zeroing out climate pollution and accelerating a just transition to a clean energy economy. Yet, somehow, senior officials from the U.S. and other countries think it's okay to negotiate trade deals that ignore the climate crisis.

This November in San Francisco, the United States and thirteen other countries plan to meet and announce the conclusion of large parts of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) trade agreement during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders Summit.

Poised to set binding rules governing approximately 40% of the global economy, and also to become the template for subsequent trade pacts around the world, IPEF could have a major impact on climate policy, worker rights and more for decades to come. Unfortunately, the IPEF negotiating process has been rigged from the start.

Climate activists and most working people have been shut out from the negotiating process.

Meanwhile, hundreds of corporate lobbyists have been given special “cleared advisor” status that grants them privileged access to the negotiating texts that you and I are barred from reviewing.

Not surprisingly, the first IPEF proposal that was finally published — the IPEF pillar covering global supply chains — fails to even mention the term “climate change.” While attempting to make life easier for transnational corporations, the proposal has zero environmental standards whatsoever. This reeks of climate denialism!

World leaders are clearly not taking the climate crisis seriously, and are merely opting to promote more policies that greenwash and hide devastatingly irresponsible backdoor deals with multinational corporations.

Help us tell trade negotiations not to finalize IPEF or any other international trade-and-investment pact unless they’re ready to get real about climate change.  

We will be delivering a petition with climate demands from you and thousands of others to trade officials at the upcoming IPEF negotiating round in SF and to world leaders at the subsequent APEC summit.

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To: World Leaders and Trade Negotiatiors
From: [Your Name]

Please prioritize these three demands in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework negotiations, APEC discussions and any other international agreements.

End Climate Pollution. The United States must reverse its disproportionate role in creating the climate crisis, by no longer propping up the fossil fuel industry, rapidly zeroing out greenhouse gas emissions and helping other countries do the same.

Globalize Climate Justice. The United States and all members of APEC must commit to climate justice for communities of color and take action to end the disproportionate impact climate change has on communities of color in their own nations and globally.

Stop Trade Attacks on Climate Action. The United States and all members of APEC must end corporate-driven trade agreements that greenwash, weaken and delay the transition to a just and clean economy, and must commit to a Climate Peace Clause immediately ending trade attacks on climate action.