Tuesday, April 20, 2010

This morning, thousands of people filed into the stadium in Cochabamba to hear the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, address the participants of the Peoples’ Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth. He spoke of the threat of greed to the health of the earth. He called for a substantial reduction in carbon emissions to start cooling the planet. He stated that rich countries need to decrease their dependency on oil and coal, and if they came to an agreement during the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, we would not need to be in Cochabamba today. He called for the protection of ingenious knowledge over unnecessary technological advances that support corporations rather than people or the earth. He spoke of the industrial production of food and the negative impact that has over our health and the health of the planet.

Morales called for the life of the earth over greed and consumption.

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