There is a letter below for you to cut & paste to a Word document or other letter format ASAP. This relates to the current issue of the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership). Here is a little background first:
● The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an expansive trade pact being negotiated between countries in the Pacific Rim, including Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. Japan has officially announced its intention to join the agreement, as well.Eventually, every Pacific Rim nation may be included.
● Like other trade pacts, the Trans-Pacific Partnership includes provisions related to the environment, labor, agriculture, access to medicines, and more.
● Governments of the member nations are looking to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations by October 2013.
● Negotiations are taking place in complete secrecy. Access to the content of the pact is limited to a select few government officials, a handful of advisers, and elite business executives . No draft texts have been publicly released, which means there has been no meaningful opportunity for public comment or debate. Particularly for a trade pact as expansive as this one, the public must have a chance to engage in the making of this pact.
● Transparency—a basic principle of our democracy—is crucial since the Trans-Pacific Partnership has the potential to affect basically every aspect of our lives. The text of the trade pact , and all U.S. proposals, must be publicly released now.
● As trade expands in the Pacific Rim, the potential for trade to damage the environment also expands. At risk are some of the most biologically significant and diverse areas of Earth, including Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Peru’s Amazon rainforest.
● The trade pact must include a strong and binding environment chapter that protects the environment, natural resources, and American jobs.
● The chapter must also include legally binding provisions to address some of the region's key conservation issues. The illegal timber trade is a major challenge in the Pacific Rim, and deforestation
associated with the illegal timber trade contributes hugely to climate disruption. I support a ban on illegal logging in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Many Pacific Rim nations already engage in trade in illegally taken wildlife or wildlife parts , from animals such as the rhinoceros or tiger. I support a ban on trade in illegally taken wildlife in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Ecosystems within the Pacific Ocean are threatened by exploitation of commercial fishing. I support binding provisions on sustainable fisheries management in the Trans-Pacific Partnership