A new climate movement in Bolivia
Naomi Klein reports from reports the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Bolivia.
In The Nation , Naomi Klein, the world's leading opponent of privatization and corporate rule, reports on the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Bolivia:
"It was 11 am and Evo Morales had turned a football stadium into a giant classroom, marshaling an array of props: paper plates, plastic cups, disposable raincoats, handcrafted gourds, wooden plates and multicolored ponchos. All came into play to make his main point: to fight climate change, "we need to recover the values of the indigenous people."
Yet wealthy countries have little interest in learning these lessons and are instead pushing through a plan that at its best would raise average global temperatures 2 degrees Celsius. "That would mean the melting of the Andean and Himalayan glaciers," Morales told the thousands gathered in the stadium, part of the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth. What he didn't have to say is that the Bolivian people, no matter how sustainably they choose to live, have no power to save their glaciers...
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Posted: April 30, 2010
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