Monday, April 19, 2010

Cochabamba, Bolivia Day 1

Cochabamba, Bolivia Day 1

Organizers estimated 10,000 people from around the world would gather this week for the Peoples’ Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia. In reality, the numbers came closer to 20,000 as people waited on line for 4 hours to register.

More than 300 members of La Via Campesina (an international movement of peasants, small- and medium-sized producers, landless, rural women, indigenous people, rural youth and agricultural workers) from around the world will be participating. Additionally, about 3,000 peasants from La Via Campesina Bolivia are leaving their communities to join the international gathering to protect their agricultural system and demand solutions to curb climate change.

During this week, farmers from around the world will tell their stories of why they are in Cochabamba and what the gathering means for their ability to maintain food sovereignty.

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