Friday, April 23, 2010

Reports from Cochabamba: Climate Summit Closes, Calls for Ecological Tribunal

by Bill Weinberg, World War 4 Report

[World War 4 Report editor and WBAI host Bill Weinberg was in Cochabamba, Bolivia, for the World People's Conference on Climate Change. These are his last two on-the-scene reports.]

Cochabamba: Evo agrees to meet with Table 18
April 21, 2010

As the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth (CMPCC) convened for a third day April 21 at Tiquipaya, outside the central Bolivian city of Cochabamba, Aymara indigenous leaders and their supporters continued to meet just outside the official summit at the dissident "Table 18," on social conflicts related to climate change. Greivances centered on ecological impacts of mineral projects, including the Japanese-owned San Cristobal mine in southern Potosi department and the state-owned Corocoro mine in La Paz department. [...]

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Cochabamba summit calls for ecological tribunal
April 22, 2010

The World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth (CMPCC) at the central Bolivian city of Cochabamba closed on Earth Day, April 22, issuing several resolutions, including: that the UN adopt a Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth; that an International Committee be organized to hold a global referendum on climate change on Earth Day 2011; that the industrialized nations provide annual financing equivalent to 6% of their GDP to confront climate change in the developing world; and that an International Tribunal on Environmental and Climate Justice be created, with its seat in Bolivia. The conference called for a new global organization to press for these demands, tentatively dubbed the World Movement for Mother Earth--or, by its Spanish acronym, MAMA-Tierra. [...]

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