Coordinated workshop offering in Eco-Justice and Global Economic Justice issue areas
Right now trade officials from the United States are meeting behind closed doors with Asian-Pacific, Latin American, and European officials to negotiate two trade agreements that together make up 80 percent of the global economy. With corporations representing the majority of informal advisors, who ensures that the integrity of God’s Creation comes before corporate profits? Much is at stake in these trade agreements as decisions are made about opportunities and enforcement of illegal logging and fishing, food safety, and fracking. Decisions will also determine if investor rights come before land rights of indigenous and other ethnic minorities. In this interactive workshop we will also explore what our faith teaches us about caring for creation and economic equality and what we can do to ensure that all God’s Creation, including marginalized communities, benefit from trade agreements.
Andrew Linhardt, Sierra Club
Manuel Pérez-Rocha, Institute for Policy Studies