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Are You Mobilising TODAY to Oppose TTIP?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations continue to take place behind closed doors, away from the inconvenience of public scrutiny, and there is an important European Parliament vote taking place on the 10th June to formalise the level of political support/opposition towards the trade agreement.  The vote this week is to set out the Parliament’s position, and although not a binding resolution (it is the European Commission that is leading negotiations) it has the capacity to impact the details of the agreement and send a strong message about the potential for veto when it comes to any final ratifying vote.

TTIP Trojan Horse (image by greensefa, Flickr, CC)There are numerous, highly concerning aspects of the trade agreement that have been widely discussed.  From the high degree of secrecy, to the justifiably controversial Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), through to worrying issues about chasing lowest common denominators on regulations surrounding things such as food standards and data protection.  It’s important to read widely about the largest trade deal in history because it is going to impact almost every area of our daily lives for generations to come.

The EU Greens have released a good post on 30 reasons why they oppose TTIP – and if you only read one post on the issue I would suggest that one as it is a comprehensive overview with a lot of excellent source material if you want to delve deeper.

The point of this post is to try and mobilise those of you reading to act.  This time, please, take action.  Successful democracy depends on citizen participation, and for these trade negotiations such participation is thoroughly undermined by the closed door negotiations taking place.  However, through key moments such as the European Parliament vote taking place this week we are able to make an impact.  MEPs are representatives of citizens, and by contacting them you can add to the chorus of voices that are speaking up about this issue and collectively we can hopefully influence the vote taking place in less than 48 hours.  This, in turn, could have a vital impact on the direction of ongoing negotiations.

The immediate response that many people have to these kind of calls to action is to presume that enough is being done already.  TTIP certainly hasn’t gotten a free ride, thanks to some persistent well-informed journalists and very active campaigners, so hasn’t the dissent already been heard?  Yes, to a large extent…but it’s important to remember that the vested business interests lobbying strongly aren’t letting up, and neither should we.

Democracy Fish (image by Dominic Alves, Flickr, CC)This close to a key vote, it’s time to find ways to contact MEPs that will be heard.  That’s why I would recommend not merely signing up to a large campaign or sending a template email (although both are a good place to start!), but rather taking some time today to inform yourself about a particular concern in the agreement and then lobby particular MEPs about that focused issue.

By standing out from the noise you can hopefully make more of an impact.  No matter what happens this week, the fight for a fair and just outcome will continue.  One that looks out for the interests of citizens, over multi-national corporate agendas that have little sense of long-term commitment or loyalty to a healthy and flourishing society.

Learn about TTIP by reading through the links in this post before contacting your MEPs on phone, email, or social media right now. Make a stand and be counted!

The Technology of In/Equality – Blog Action Day 2014

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2013: The Year of the Futurist

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Futurist thinking is starting to become mainstream. We need a world filled with futurists – so are you ready to call yourself one?Continue Reading

The Best of Future Conscience 2009 – 2012

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To recognise three years of writing the blog I’m highlighting some of my favourite posts, the ones that I would hope everybody who visits would read (and share!) and that highlight the tone and purpose of the blog the best.Continue Reading

Best Ethical Apps for iPhone and Android 2011

Best Ethical Apps for iPhone and Android 2011

In an app marketplace dominated by games, to-do lists and social media, I thought it would be worth highlighting some ethical apps that are worth taking a look at. Turns out you can use your smartphone to help change the world (and no, I don’t mean by getting Justin Bieber trending on Twitter again).Continue Reading

Augmented Reality: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (Part Three: The Ugly)

Over a year ago I started a series entitled Augmented Reality: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. The Good and The Bad were covered in due course, however the third part – The Ugly – never saw the light of day…until now.Continue Reading