From Copenhagen to Cochabomba…
COP15 was only the first step in the battle to protect Mother Earth
At the closing sessions of COP15, on Friday afternoon December 18, a joint news conference was held with Bolivian President Evo Morales and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. They spared no criticism of the climate conference in Copenhagen and called the proceedings undemocratic. They echoed the calls from Klimaforum and various global social movements for System Change and both said that if we are to live sustainably, capitalism will have to come to an end. Chavez saluted the Climate Action Protesters who were busy out in the streets and read out some of their slogans. Evo Morales called for the most ambitious proposal so far by any head of state; on world leaders to hold temperature increases over the next century to just one degree Celsius. Morales also called on the United States and other wealthy nations to pay an ecological debt to Bolivia and other developing nations.
Subsequently, arising from the overall failure of COP15 a Peoples’ World Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth’s Rights will take place on Mother Earth Day April 22, 2010 in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Evo Morales and Hugo Chavez closing remarks to COP15
A deeper look at what alternatives Bolivia and Venezuala propose:
Speaking on Democracy Now! Bolivian President Evo Morales on Climate Debt, Capitalism, Why He Wants a Tribunal for Climate Justice and Much More (link includes full transcript of the interview)
Bolivian President Evo Morales joins us in Copenhagen to talk about the UN climate talks, capitalism, climate debt and much more. “Policies of unlimited industrialization are what destroys the environment,” Morales said. “And that irrational industrialization is capitalism.”
PRESIDENT EVO MORALES: [translated] Defense of the rights of Mother Earth (Pachamama). The earth is our life. Nature is our home, our house. Happily, the United Nations have declared a Mother Earth Day. If the mother is recognized as Mother Earth, it’s something that can’t be sold, it’s something that can’t be—it can’t be violated, something sacred. This is nature. This is planet earth. And that’s why I’ve come here, to defend the rights of Mother Earth, to defend the rights to life, to defend humanity and saving Mother Earth…
AMY GOODMAN: You spoke yesterday here at the Bella Center and said we cannot end global warming without ending capitalism. What did you mean?
PRESIDENT EVO MORALES: [translated] Capitalism is the worst enemy of humanity. Capitalism—and I’m speaking about irrational development—policies of unlimited industrialization are what destroys the environment. And that irrational industrialization is capitalism. So as long as we don’t review or revise those policies, it’s impossible to attend to humanity and life.
Democracy Now! Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on How to Tackle Climate Change: “We Must Go from Capitalism to Socialism” (link includes full transcript of the interview)
AMY GOODMAN: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez spared no criticism of the climate conference in Copenhagen. At a joint news conference he held with the Bolivian president Evo Morales on Friday afternoon (Dec 18)—this was before President Obama announced the accord—Chavez called the proceedings undemocratic and accused world leaders of only seeking a face-saving agreement. He described President Obama as having won the “Nobel war prize” and said the world still smelled of sulfur, referring to his comments about President Bush at the United Nations last year.
AMY GOODMAN: How do you throw away capitalism?
PRESIDENT HUGO CHAVEZ: [translated] The way they did it in Cuba. That’s the way. The same way we are doing in Venezuela: giving the power to the people and taking it away from the economic elites. You can only do that through a revolution.
And from all this…
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