Corporate courts give fossil fuel companies the power to sue governments for taking action on the climate emergency. They are an obstacle to a clean energy transition and to achieving climate justice.
The UK is starting its independent trade policy and we should be getting rid of corporate courts. Instead, the government looks to be about to set them in stone - signing new deals with corporate courts in them, like the UK-Canada deal and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and recommitting to an existing big corporate court deal, the Energy Charter Treaty.
But the government is trying to do this below the radar, because it knows corporate courts are controversial. If enough of us speak out about this and draw public attention, they could be forced to back down.
Tell Boris Johnson and the trade department not to let corporate courts block climate action.
To the prime minister and the international trade secretary
Corporate courts block climate action. In this year when the UK is hosting the COP26 climate talks, the UK government should reject corporate courts: