Activists petition world leaders for climate action at CA trade summit
Thursday, November 9, 2023
Climate activists will deliver a petition with 15,000 signatures today to trade negotiators ahead of next week's Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in San Francisco.
President Joe Biden will be meeting with other world leaders to announce the Indo-Pacific Economic Frameworkk, which would govern 40% of the global economy.
Will Wiltschko, coordinator of the nonprofit coalition Bay Climate Action, explained the petition's goal.
"First, we want them to take concrete action to end climate pollution by no longer propping up the fossil fuel industry and by rapidly zeroing out greenhouse-gas emissions," Wiltschko outlined. "Second, we want them to globalize climate justice by acknowledging and taking action to end the disproportionate impact climate change is having on communities of color, both within and between nations."
The pillar of the trade deal published so far does not mention the word climate change. Advocates are hoping to influence the document as it is being finalized, so it spells out binding commitments to a clean energy transition.
Wiltschko noted advocates also want nations to sign a global climate peace clause to end the use of existing trade rules, used to challenge climate policy.
"If a country decides to go the clean energy route, companies that stand to lose a little bit will sue for essentially unlimited sums of money under the Investor-State Dispute Settlement System," Wiltschko pointed out. "That is kind of scary, because it means that you're basically held hostage by multinational corporations."
The Biden administration has pledged to prioritize climate change, workers' rights and the health of low-income communities hardest hit by climate pollution and sea level rise.
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