Thousands of people from all the world are attending the World People's Conference on Climate Change in Bolivia. Last Tuesday, president Evo Morales spoke against capitalism and the destructive ways of life practiced in most rich nations, which are causing the destruction of our planet.
Evo Morales mentioned several examples, including the hormones used by the meat and poultry industry. His speech was misused by the corporate media in the U.S. and Latin America to attack him, presenting him as homophobic. President Morales was trying to send a message in behalf of humanity and the protection of our planet.
President Evo Morales is a good man and he didn't intend to be promote hatred towards LGBT people. I believe he was trying to give some examples on how we humans live today, how we are causing the problems we are facing. As a gay man I wrote a comment about this, in my other blog. Watch this video with activists from all over the world at the WPCCC:
An independent journalist for The Grist, wrote this from Cochabamba:
What Evo Morales wantsWhy has the president of Bolivia become the target of some media corporations?
Morales was one of five heads of state to formally oppose the Copenhagen Accord. In what many are interpreting as a direct response to that intransigence, the U.S. recently denied Bolivia climate aid.
To address climate change on a global level, Morales has put forward four suggestions:
1. Climate reparations from developed nations for developing nations
While developed or rich nations are historically responsible for causing climate change through their greenhouse-gas emissions, poorer nations are more likely to feel the effects and are less able to fund and undertake changes to adapt to climate change. The idea of reparations was widely discussed in Copenhagen and endorsed by well-known figures like Naomi Klein as well as organizations like Jubilee South and Focus on the Global South. Here in Bolivia, villagers are demanding compensation for their glaciers melting.
2. An international court to prosecute transgressions against the environment
The goal is to establish an International Climate Justice Tribunal or International Environmental Court within the U.N. framework, modeled on the International Court of Justice, that will seek to enforce nations' commitments to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
Last week, international environmental lawyer Polly Higgins put forward a related proposal to include "ecocide" in the list of crimes against peace, so that cases could be tried at the International Criminal Court.
3. A Universal Declaration for the Rights of Mother Earth
On Earth Day 2009, Morales called on the U.N. General Assembly to develop such a declaration, modeled on the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights. "One of the most important implications is that it would enable legal systems to maintain vital ecological balances by balancing human rights against the rights of other members of the Earth community," write Solón and environmental lawyer Cormac Cullinan.
4. Development and transfer of clean technology
The UNFCCC has been discussing technology transfer, and Morales wants to make sure it stays on the agenda, so that developed countries provide developing countries with the technology necessary to adapt to climate change and produce and use energy sustainably and efficiently.
Bolivia has the world's largest Lithium reserves, almost 50% of what's available. Lithium is called "the new oil" because it will be used in the near future to power most cars. South America has enormous reserves of natural gas and oil as well.
Leaders like Evo Morales are dangerous for the interests of capitalist corporations, he's got to go! This is why he is being attacked by the U.S. media and their worldwide agencies. Pay attention folks.