The 350 Organisation, which works to reduce the impact of climate change, is hosting a national speaking tour with renowned US economist Bob Massie - one of the world’s foremost experts on building a just transition to a low carbon economy. How would this shift be effected? What would the transition to a low carbon economy look like and what would it mean for our communities, jobs and economy? How might the burdens of such a shift be managed, and how might the opportunities for creating truly better ways of meeting our needs be embraced?” The free Canberra talk is at the ANU on 25 February. For more information or to register go to http://justtransitions.com.au/
You might like to read the article entitled Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility - big bank investments in fossil fuels - see CES home page at www.ces.org.au
Investor State Provisions and Free Trade Agreements
In our March 2014 public forum, Speaker Professor Tom Faunce described how decisions taken by democratically elected legislatures in Australia fully in compliance with constitutional requirements might be overturned at the instance of foreign corporations that regard their interests as impugned through investor/state provisions of free trade agreements. (You can hear an audio recording of this forum by going to the Download menu at the top of the homepage of our website (www.ces.org.au) There exists a treaties committee of the Australian Parliament to which proposed treaties are referred for consideration but the recommendations of the committee do not bind the government. A treaty with an investor/state provision could be used long into the future as a weapon to strike down rafts of environmental, pharmaceutical or other regulation legitimately enacted for the common good.
Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network Ltd raises their concerns at http://aftinet.org.au/cms/trans-pacific-partnership-agreement-tpp-tppa-2
Are you a woman? Do you like singing?
If so you might be interested in joining A Chorus of Women in their forthcoming oratorio "A Passion for Peace". For information and links see CES home page www.ces.org.au
I look forward to seeing you next THursday evening
Heather (for CES)