Climate – a big reason Kiwis say no to the TPPA!

Press Release – New Zealand Climate and Health Council International trade agreements should support, not undermine, global health and environmental treaties. We can’t have overseas investors putting up barriers to any country reducing carbon emissions. Climate change is a medical emergency, said …12 August 2015 Climate – a big reason Kiwis say no to the TPPA! We’re not “politically irrelevant” and we’re not “anti-trade”. “International trade agreements should support, not undermine, global health and environmental treaties. We can’t have overseas investors putting up barriers to any country reducing carbon emissions. Climate change is a medical emergency,” said Dr Alex Macmillan, co-convenor for OraTaiao: New Zealand Climate and Health Council Ora Taiao is one of the many organisations concerned at what New Zealand may be committed to by the TPPA. Tens of thousands of people representing community groups, artists, musicians, activists, Maori leaders, small and medium-sized business owners, not-for-profits, environmentalists, students, doctors, local councillors and grassroots campaigners from all around New Zealand have joined forces to say no to the TPPA. This massive collaboration of leaders across society repudiates Trade Minister Tim Groser’s claims that TPPA opponents are “anti-trade” “politically irrelevant” and “breathless children”. Dr Macmillan, who is a public health doctor and Senior Lecturer in Environmental Health, added, “Fossil fuel industries around the world are using trade deals to block communities as they move to cut greenhouse gas pollution...

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