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Stop the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

On Monday, EU and US negotiators are meeting in Brussels for the second round of negotiations over what has become known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

The purpose of the TTIP is to remove the regulatory differences between the US and European nations but its consequences will run far deeper, as the Democracy Centre says, this is "a privatised justice system for global corporations".  One particular area where the treaty seems to pose an increasingly significant threat is concerning climate action by allowing corporations to sue governments.

Warsaw - Day 1

Friday early morning. 01:26

Ferry from Dover to Calais - first leg of the journey
 
As can be expected everyone is quite tired, and most people are trying to catch some sleep on the floor or chairs of the passenger area of the boat.
 
There is excitement however, as most of us have never made a trip like this before - the prospect of meeting up with hundreds of other like-minded activists and traveling together across Europe sharing stories and ideas as we make our way to the most important negotiations on Earth, the U.N. Climate talks.
 
For those of us who have made a similar trip before, to Copenhagen for example, there isn't any less excitement; instead it manifests in a buzzing, sharing tales of the previous adventure. Tussling with Police, making new friends and allies, the feeling of unity that comes from being part of a transnational crowd who all want the same thing - bearing witness to a world event.
 
Tomorrow we will meet with 600 other activists and pour onto the train in Brussels, creating an alternative forum to that of the COP19. Where we, the real stakeholders in the decisions about the planet and our future, will discuss what we know are the real alternatives and how we collectively think the future should look like.
 
It is incredibly empowering to know that your voice and thoughts matter; without spaces being created by activists and campaigners only the voices of those detached from the reality of our situation would be heard.
 
We must continue to create these spaces, wherever the "decision making" about our climate is happening - whether it be 'fracking' or austerity measures - not only bearing witness but strengthening our voices and ideas, not letting others make bad decisions for us and without our consent.
 

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