On December 7, Elizabeth Swager, director of the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, an organizational member of PDX Relief, and Dr. Valerie Francisco, a signatory of PDX Relief participated in a community forum on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement discussing climate change and its consequences like Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an international free trade agreement being written by and for big corporations, at the expense of good-paying jobs, affordable medicine and the quality of the air we breathe, water we drink, and food we feed our children.
After four years of TPP negotiations, the only texts that the public has seen are those that have been leaked. The most recent being the Wikileaks release of the TPP’s chapter on intellectual property which revealed language to extend the life of drug patents, making it harder to access life-saving medicine.
Meanwhile they’ve granted hundreds of corporate lobbyists special cleared advisor status that gives them access to the texts. This super secretive trade deal would have a chilling effect on future environmental policies that are desperately needed to address climate change and prevent climate catastrophes such as the recent mega typoon that stuck the Philippines.
Local community leaders share their perspective on how the TPP will threaten democracy, labor and the environment.