Kirklees Campaign Against Climate Change will be joining others in campaigning against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Deal (TTIP) in Huddersfield at 11am this Saturday 11th October as part of a global day of action against the trade deal. http://www.nottip.org.uk/
We will be supporting an action in Huddersfield which will be distributing materials produced by 38 Degrees.
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/pages/ttip_home These will be designed to put pressure on our European representatives, our MEP’s, to scrap this deal. It will take place at 11am at the back of Huddersfield Library (Nelson Mandela Corner) and will last approximately one hour.
We would like to stress that we did not set up this event and that it will include campaigners who are opposing TTIP for a variety of different reasons. There are separate events in the other three Kirklees constituencies, all starting at 11am:
Batley and Spen – St John’s car park, Bradford Road, Cleckheaton.
Colne Valley – Slaithwaite Co-op
Dewsbury – West Riding pub
You can sign up to join the events at http://ttipaction.38degrees.org.uk/
It is now too late for you to be posted your own 38 Degrees materials but we’ll be happy to share ours with you!
What is TTIP and why are we against it?
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a new trade deal between the EU and the US. Many civil society groups believe that it will give corporations more power than ever and will threaten our public services, environment and democracy. The UK government is a major supporter of this deal, which would tighten the grip of big business over our society.
- Grant corporations the power to sue governments;
- Lock-in the privatisation of public services like the NHS and education;
- Undermine workers’ rights;
- Undo regulations that protect the environment, giving harmful industries like fracking an easier ride;
- Remove food safety regulation to allow new GM crops, hormone pumped beef and chlorine washed chicken
There’s a brilliant, cartoon based explanation on 38 Degrees’ page
TTIP and Climate Change
The Campaign Against Climate Change has a good page with information about how TTIP threatens action on climate change. http://www.campaigncc.org/campaigning/rightsanddemocracy It includes links to Friends of the Earth materials, an analysis by George Monbiot and a video of a persuasive speech by Jonathan Neale on its impact.
Separately, Friends of the Europe have explained in a recent report how TTIP could bring tar sands into Europe. Friends of the Earth Europe (and others): ‘Dirty Deals: How trade talks threaten to undermine EU climate policies and bring tar sands to Europe’ https://www.foeeurope.org/sites/…/foee-fqd-trade-ttip-170714_0.pdf
This is why, as part of our ‘Keep Them in the Ground’ campaign https://kirkleescampaignagainstclimatechange.wordpress.com/campaigns/ we will be supporting the Global Day of Action Against TTIP.
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