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Environmentalists say Down with the WTOTrade is the ally of working people not their enemy WTO Director-General Mike Moore told trade union representatives As living standards improve so too does education health the environment and labor standards That is false the main goal of the WTO since established in 1995 is to promote international trade They dont care about the trade off of a safe environment Their main concern is flourishing economies despite environmental conditions worsening Such actions worry environmentalists who argue the WTO favors the growth of trade over public safety People not profits need to be WTOs top priorityWe are striving to get across the importance of environmental safety over free trade Us environmentalists want them to listen and take action to insure the safety of people and the environment Environmentalist met in Seattle to peacefully convey our safety concerns We want the WTO to understand that we are not against the international organization we only want to be assured that the environment will not be compromised for free trade Daniel Seligman of the Sierra Club said its not trade and the globalized economy that upsets environmentalists but the way that World Trade Organization rules work to promote trade Their main concern should be to enforce and control safety of people and the environment in the following areas clean water clean air flourishing forests naturally grown organic vegetable healthy animals without injections and no sweat shops The WTO needs to allow countries to ban countries export because of unsafe environment practices The WTO aims to eliminate what they are calling non-tariff trade barriers Seligman told CNN And a lot of those trade barriers are actually hard-won environmental and food safety protections According to ABC news online Countries have already proposed another 150 items they want negotiated including tariffs anti-dumpingfisheries and development It seems from what the WTO is telling the news is that they are concerned with the environment Yet more than 100
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