NO TO GATS
OUR FUTURE IS NOT FOR SALE
In 2003 Friends of the Earth joined with the World Development Movement and People & Planet to lobby the Government Office in Nottingham.
This was part of a coordinated action around the country to oppose the World Trade Organisation's General Agreement on Trade in Services.
GATS would force governments to progressively privatise public services including water and environmental services.
See World Development Movement website for more information on GATS.
A Friends of the Earth report has identified palm oil plantations as a major cause of rainforest destruction, biodiversity loss and uprooting indigenous communities in Indonesia. Palm oil is found in more than 10% of supermarket products including chocolate, biscuits, crisps, soap and cosmetics.
See updated report Losing Ground linked to 2008 Biofuels campaign.
See also Leicester Friends of the Earth's campaign on biofuels.
In June 2003, over 500 MPs around the country were lobbied for trade justice. In Nottingham a giant scales led a procession.
On Mayday 2004 the scales led a rally coordinated with the Trades Council.
Friends of the Earth is one of many organisations supporting the Trade Justice Movement.