Right now, millions of people are being thrown off their land because large corporations are being given special rights. The World Bank is driving this destructive trend with its Doing Business rankings, which force countries to compete with each other to do away with things like environmental protections, workers rights and corporation taxes. AID/WATCH joins the demand for the abolition of the rankings.
We, with other signatories, argue that, if secondary boycotts are to remain illegal, the national competition laws should retain the environmental and consumer protection exemption. That is because markets-based campaigns serve the important public function of free provision of information and should not be criminalised. To do so would also be an illiberal suppression of free speech.
It is clear that solving the climate crisis requires far-reaching social transformation. Unequal patterns of power behind such injustices as poverty, hunger, exploitation, and colonialism are the same ones that have caused ecological destruction and climate change.