Terrific Al Jazeera report on Cochabamba

The other debt crisis: climate debt

The climate crisis in Bolivia is not a headline or an abstraction – it is playing out in people’s lives in real time.

Melting glaciers are threatening the water supply of the country’s two biggest cities. Increasing droughts and floods are playing havoc with agriculture.

So it is no surprise that in climate negotiations, Bolivia is emerging as a leader in the global south – advancing both radical solutions and analysis that make rich countries distinctly nervous.

On this edition of Fault Lines, Avi Lewis travels to Bolivia to explore the country’s climate crusade from the inside.

It is the story of an emerging movement, based in the global south, raising questions about who owes what to whom in confronting the climate crisis.

And it is playing out in Bolivia’s epic landscape – from the tropical glaciers to the endless salt flats. A landscape that in normal times seems to mock the very idea that human beings can change the course of nature.

This episode of Fault Lines can be seen from Thursday, May 20, 2010 at the following times GMT: Thursday: 0600; Friday: 0030, 0830; Saturday: 2330; Sunday: 0630, 2130; Tuesday: 0530, 1230; Wednesday: 0300

To view the video on a full screen http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/faultlines/2010/05/2010518121127315453.html

"Recognizing that human beings are part of an interdependent system" Bolivia's Submission for a Shared Vision

Submission on behalf of the Plurinational State of Bolivia
Shared Vision for Long-term Cooperative Action
The Conference of Parties,
1.    Recognizing that human beings are part of an interdependent system with which we must live together in harmony and balance while respecting the rights of all;
2.    Recognizing the need to achieve not merely peace among humanity but to restore equilibrium and harmony to nature by defending everything that has life and gives life;
3.    Acknowledging that we have followed the laws of humanity while violating the fundamental laws of nature giving rise to climate change and other forms of ecological destruction;

4.    Believing that to achieve the realization of human rights and human dignity it is necessary to recognize and defend the rights of Mother Earth;
5.    Recognizing that access to and use of the Earth’s atmosphere and climate system is necessary for the realization of human rights including the right to development, and that atmospheric space should be fairly shared between all countries and peoples; Continue reading “"Recognizing that human beings are part of an interdependent system" Bolivia's Submission for a Shared Vision”

Bolivia responds to US on climate debt: "If you break it, you buy it."

Bolivia responds to US on climate debt: “If you break it, you buy it.”

In response to the US chief negotiator Todd Stern’s rejection of paying it’s climate debt — the principle of polluter pays — Pablo Solon, Bolivia’s ambassador to the United Nations said the following:
Continue reading “Bolivia responds to US on climate debt: "If you break it, you buy it."”

Photo opportunity: Indigenous ritual for Mother Earth

Time: 6:15pm, 9 December 2009

Location: Liva Weel Room, Hall C

A number of Bolivian indigenous leaders will hold an indigenous ritual, involving a blessing for

Mother Earth as part of a side event held today on “Rights of Mother Earth in the face of climate

change.”

Details of side event: Rights for Mother Earth in the face of climate change

Wednesday, 9 December, 18:15 – 19:45

Speakers: Pablo Solón Romero Orozca, Bolivian Ambassador to the United Nations

Cormac Cullinan, senior environmental lawyer in South Africa whose work in Earth

jurisprudence is internationally recognised

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is a Kankanaey-Igorot indigenous activist from the Cordillera Region,

the Philippines,, founder and executive director of Tebtebba Foundation and Chairperson of

United Nations Permanent Form on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII).

Rafael Quispe (CONAMAQ, Bolivia) and Cristian Domingez (CSUTCB, Bolivia)

Room: Liva Weel, Bella Centre

For more information, please contact:

Nick Buxton – Email nicholasbuxton@gmail.com or ring +45 26619010

media advisory – photo op on pachamama

Bolivia shares position on climate change negotiations and presents proposal of Declaration of Rights for Mother Earth


The Plurinational State of Bolivia will explain its position in current negotiations at the Copenhagen climate conference at two events today (9 December 2009). Bolivia will also present its proposal for a declaration of rights for Mother Earth as a necessary step towards tackling the root causes of climate change.

Bolivia has put forward resolutions that call for consideration of planetary rights in both the Copenhagen Ad-hoc Working Group on Long-term Co-operative Action and at the Second Committee of the United Nations General Assembly. The resolution is inspired by indigenous values and informed by a growing global field of earth jurisprudence, that looks to re-examine and develop legal and governance systems to make sure that they support, rather than undermine, the integrity and health of the Earth.

Wednesday, 9 December, 12:00pm
Press Conference: Bolivia’s position on negotiations and presentation of Rights of Mother Earth proposal

Speakers: Angelica Navarro, Lead negotiator for the Plurinational State of Bolivia and Pablo Solón Romero Orozca, Bolivian Ambassador to the United Nations
Press Room, Bella Centre

Wednesday, 9 December, 18:15 – 19:45

Side Event: Rights for Mother Earth in the face of climate change

Speakers:
Pablo Solón Romero Orozca, Bolivian Ambassador to the United Nations 
Cormac Cullinan, senior environmental lawyer in South Africa whose work in Earth jurisprudence is internationally recognised
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is a Kankanaey-Igorot indigenous activist from the Cordillera Region,
the Philippines,, founder and executive director of Tebtebba Foundation and Chairperson of United Nations Permanent Form on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII).
Room: Liva Weel, Bella Centre

For more information, please contact:

Nick Buxton – Email  HYPERLINK “mailto:nicholasbuxton@gmail.com”nicholasbuxton@gmail.com or ring +45 26619010

Media advisory – Declaration of Rights of Mother Earth