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// Case Focus //
2010 World Peoples' Summit on Climate Change and Rights of Mother Earth, Tiquipaya Bolivia
Earth Day, 2010.
Democracy Now has been broadcasting this week from Tiquipaya, Bolivia, the site of the 'World Peoples' Summit on Climate Change and Rights of Mother Earth', hosted by Bolivian President Evo Morales, who declared "This is a movement. It is a first step to mobilize the whole world, to search for another kind of civilization, another kind of relationship with nature. And I think that if we, the people, come together, we can generate a worldwide movement. That is the road we are on."
Below is a listing of the summit-related programming:
"The United Nations Is Beyond Reform- It Has to Be Reinvented"
Father Miguel d'Escoto, a Roman Catholic priest from Nicaragua and former president of the United Nations General Assembly, who also served as foreign minister in Daniel Ortega's government from 1979 to 1990, talks about the failures of the UN, the importance of the Bolivia climate summit, and why Latin America doesn't need the United States.
Bolivian President Morales Interview
"In Copenhagen, there was interest in having a document approved which would cause harm to Mother Earth; the debate was only about the effects of the climate crisis, not the causes, and the people here have to deal with the causes. . ."
Interview with Bolivian President Evo Morales about the US decision to cut off climate aid to Bolivia; narco-trafficking; the tenth anniversary of the Water Wars in Cochabamba; the protest at the San Cristobal silver mine; and the contradiction between promoting the environment and extractive industries, oil/natural gas exploration, mining. . .
Evo Morales was the leader of the union of coca farmers who led the struggle against Bechtel's scheme to take over the natural water supply of Cochabamba, and sell it back to the peasants at a fat profit. He has been twice elected president of Bolivia, the first Bolivian president to come from the indigenous population. He is engaged in the effort to bring before the UN a sequel to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights- called the "Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth".
The modern free-market trans-national-capitalism-on-steroids world appears to Morales as a witches brew of capitalist greed and vast industries of extraction, exploitation, and destruction, looming at Bolivia's borders, hovering menacingly over it's future. He declared at the conference, "We are here because in Copenhagen the so-called developed countries failed in their obligation to provide substantial commitments to reduce greenhouse gases. We have two paths: either Pachamama or death. We have two paths: either capitalism dies or Mother Earth dies. Either capitalism lives or Mother Earth lives. Of course, brothers and sisters, we are here for life, for humanity and for the rights of Mother Earth. Long live the rights of Mother Earth! Death to capitalism!"
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Bolivia Climate Conference Moves to Establish
Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth
Interview with South African environmental lawyer Cormac Cullinan, co-president of the Rights of Mother Earth Working Group, and author of "Wild Law".
"What were saying is that everything has inherent rights. By virtue of the fact that the earth exists and all other creatures and mountains and rivers exist, they must also have inherent rights. At least the right to exist, to play their part in the evolutionary processes of Mother Earth. So the problem is, because we've only recognized human rights, we've created an imbalance. So human rights trump everything else, because they don't have rights. And were trying to redress that balance by recognizing the rights which surround human rights."
Mesa 18: Dissident Groups Host Alternative Meeting
From Melting Glaciers to Structural Adjustment:
Maude Barlow on the Need for Water Justice
Bolivian Conservationist Calls for Preservation of Ultra-Biodiverse Madidi Region
New Senate Climate Bill Is Slap in the Face to Everything that Earth Day Stands For
Pres. Morales Opens the Conference
Interview with Nnimmo Bassey, chair of Friends of the Earth International
Boaventura de Sousa Santos-
"The World Is Changing in a More Progressive Way, and Its Taking Place Here"
Bolivian Indigenous Activists Call for End to Polluting Extractive Industries
Bolivian Climate Negotiator Anglica Navarro: Why Is the US Cutting Off Climate Aid?
Bolivian UN Ambassador Pablo Solon on the
World Peoples Summit on Climate Change and Rights of Mother Earth
The Cochabamba Water Wars:
Marcela Olivera Reflects on the Tenth Anniversary of the Popular Uprising Against Bechtel
Nikolas Kozloff: No Rain in the Amazon: How South Americas Climate Change Affects the Entire Planet