A Bolivian Guarani native woman at the Cochabamba Conference
On April 22, the 40th Earth Day, in Cochabamba, Bolivia the nation’s president Evo Morales organized an alternative to the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference Accord. People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth was forged. There were 25,000 Bolivian climate activists, politicians, intellectuals, scientists and celebrities, more than 15,000 indigenous people and thousands of grass roots groups from over 100 countries in attendance. Read more about it HERE
Topics discussed included local agriculture, the rights of indigenous people, halting climate change and social reconstruction.
They site imperialism and specifically capitalism as the major cause of our warming planet. On May 7th Morales took this new contract with the planet to the United Nations. This is some of what those in attendance put forward as a better approach to the issue of climate change. Do you think you could agree to some of this? Continue reading
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Above: Bolivian Vice President, Alvaro Garcia Linera (L), Bolivian President Evo Morales (2-L), his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez (C) and Nicaraguan commander Tomas Borges (R) participate in a World Climate Change Conference at the Feliz Capriles stadium in Cochabamba, Bolivia on April 22, 2010. April 22 marks the 40th Earth Day, which urges local action and increased awareness to understand and respect the environment.
Seems like many of the voices locked out of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference found a voice here and I applaud the formation of a separate conference. All the attention and all the protests, though well intentioned, in Copenhagen reinforced the idea that change would come from those invited and allowed to be heard at that conference. I simply don’t believe in that.
If we have to wait for large, wealthy nation’s to act in everyone’s interest or save our lives we’ll be waiting a long time. And so will our grandchildren, if the world is still inhabitable by humans by the time anyone young now has grandkids. It’s good to know there are many that don’t want to take the Copenhagen concessions and tricknology as our only options.
Here’s some footage from the excellent coverage Democracy Now! did. Continue reading