The Sierra Club's Responsible Trade Program has shed light on the environmental threats posed by our current global trading system for more than two decades. We believe that trade done right can promote broadly shared prosperity while protecting workers and the environment. We work to ensure that U.S. trade policy supports, rather than undermines, critical public interest goals and protects the environment and climate.
The climate crisis is one of the biggest threats to our global community, and in December 2015 officials from 195 countries will meet in Paris to try to reach a meaningful climate agreement. The Sierra Club is urging President Obama to #ActInParis with bold climate action.
Unfortunately, our current global trading system presents a fundamental threat to progress on climate change and to a strong outcome in Paris. U.S. trade and investment policy, for example, facilitates increased fossil fuel exports and gives big polluters new tools to undermine international efforts to maintain a stable climate. Responsible trade must put communities and the climate ahead of corporate profits. Learn more below.
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership is an expansive trade pact that the U.S. is negotiating with 11 other countries. It would empower corporations to challenge environmental policies in private trade tribunals, expand exports of natural gas and fracking across the U.S., and more.
The U.S. and the European Union are currently negotiating a trade pact, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which could eliminate critical public health, environmental, and other public interest safeguards.
There is an alarming rise of trade and investment cases that directly challenge climate and clean energy policies.
Up to 30 percent of the wood traded internationally has been harvested illegally, causing deforestation and contributing to more climate-disrupting pollution. The Lacey Act helps the U.S. combat trafficking in illegal wood and paper products.