Call by Evo Morales for Peoples’ World Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth’s Rights

Considering that climate change represents a real threat to the existence of humanity, of living beings and our Mother Earth as we know it today;

Noting the serious danger that exists to islands, coastal areas, glaciers in the Himalayas, the Andes and mountains of the world, poles of the Earth, warm regions like Africa, water sources, populations affected by increasing natural disasters, plants and animals, and ecosystems in general;

Making clear that those most affected by climate change will be the poorest in the world who will see their homes and their sources of survival destroyed, and who will be forced to migrate and seek refuge;Confirming that 75% of historical emissions of greenhouse gases originated in the countries of the North that followed a path of irrational industrialization;

Noting that climate change is a product of the capitalist system;

Regretting the failure of the Copenhagen Conference caused by countries called “developed”, that fail to recognize the climate debt they have with developing countries, future generations and Mother Earth;

Affirming that in order to ensure the full fulfillment of human rights in the twenty-first century, it is necessary to recognize and respect Mother Earth’s rights;

Reaffirming the need to fight for climate justice;

Recognizing the need to take urgent actions to avoid further damage and suffering to humanity, Mother Earth and to restore harmony with nature;

Confident that the peoples of the world, guided by the principles of solidarity, justice and respect for life, will be able to save humanity and Mother Earth, and

Celebrating the International Day of Mother Earth,

The Government of the Plurinational State of Bolivia calls on the peoples of the world, social movements and Mother Earth’s defenders, and invites scientists, academics, lawyers and governments that want to work with their citizens to the Peoples’ World Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth’s Rights to be held from 20th to 22nd April 2010 in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

The Peoples’ World Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth’s Rights has as objectives:

1) To analyze the structural and systemic causes that drive climate change and to propose radical measures to ensure the well-being of all humanity in harmony with nature

2) To discuss and agree on the project of a Universal Declaration of Mother Earth Rights

3) To agree on proposals for new commitments to the Kyoto Protocol and projects for a COP Decision under the United Nations Framework for Climate Change that will guide future actions in those countries that are engaged with life during climate change negotiations and in all United Nations scenarios, related to:

- Climate debt
- Climate change migrants-refugees
- Emission reductions
- Adaptation
- Technology transfer
- Finance
- Forest and Climate Change
- Shared Vision
- Indigenous Peoples, and
- Others

4) To work on the organization of the Peoples’ World Referendum on Climate Change

5) To analyze and develop an action plan to advance the establishment of a Climate Justice Tribunal

6) To define strategies for action and mobilization to defend life from Climate Change and to defend Mother Earth’s Rights.

Bolivia, January 5th, 2010

Evo Morales Ayma
President of the
Plurinational State of Bolivia

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Anonymous said...

The largest climate change campaign in the world is in bed with the world’s most powerful corporations. … The mainstream environmental movement no longer inspires nor leads society to an enlightened existence – it simply bows down to the status quo.

Robert Verdon said...

Perhaps they know the whole catastrophist global warming position is shaky but wish to profit from the delusion that it is 'settled': one they have so assiduously perpretrated with help from a scientifically illiterate left.
Justice, like politics, is not like the weather.

Robert Verdon said...

(Having said that, I might add that I am no scientist and far from being on the political right!)

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.

Anonymous said...

Completely incoherent. I'm seriously thinking about deactivating myself from the Green Movement. It has become a coalition of Capitalists and responsible world leaders (in and out of government) joining forces to rob everyone else. The USA sold my "Hope and Change" with the current Energy Legislation. The politicians I thought were about enacting climate change have now just bought into a carbon trading scheme to enrich themselves, while the developing countries are just demanding that the developed countries pay up with all the cash the dirty capitalists are going to rip away from regular working families. What a scam this all turned out to be. And to think I wasted 10 years of my life (starting in Middle School) torn between the lies and greed on both sides of the political spectrum. We have no allies in our vision anymore. The capitalists have found a way to enrich themselves and the responsible leaders are now pushing for action on Climate Change because they realize the power and money it will bring them. More than half of my wages (and most of my time)have gone towards this battle with the hope of creating a more sensible and responsible world. That ends tonight. No more donations to the non-profits, no more attending and organizing protests and events. If every leader in this movement is now going to embrace capitalism and disguise it as the opposite then I will not tolerate it. Their actions and their rhetoric say its times for us to be selfish and greedy-So I will now follow their example. Morales, one of personal heroes for a long time is a hypocrite. I'm glad he finally admitted it so I can now replace him and find a new hero in his place.

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