Demand that the UK starts saving the climate and stops corporate courts

Credit: Cancillería Ecuado. Contamination left by Chevron in hidden pools of toxic waste in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

While Prime Minister Boris Johnson is claiming that the UK is a ‘leader’ in global climate the reality is yet another broken promise.

ISDS (Investment to State Dispute Settlement) is the fossil fuel industry’s secret weapon. It is an extreme investor privilege in trade deals like the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), that allows corporations to sue countries in secretive ‘corporate courts’ when governments make decisions that may negatively impact their projected profits.

The UK government remains a solid supporter of the climate-destroying ISDS regime, through its membership of the ECT and looks set to join up to new deals, like the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) which will entrench the corporate courts regime.

ISDS is used by fossil fuel companies to punish governments around the world for doing the right thing for the climate crisis. Right now, the fossil fuel industry is suing governments around the world for billions over their actions to reduce carbon emissions.

Read more about why we must abolish ISDS to combat the climate crisis.

To the Prime Minister and the International Trade Secretary,

Corporate courts block climate action. In the year that the UK hosts the COP26 climate talks, the UK government must reject corporate courts:

  • Drop corporate courts in the UK-Canada trade deal

  • Exit the Energy Charter Treaty

  • Stop joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

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