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UPDATE: President Morales to address the climate conference

| April 20, 2010

We are in a stadium at this moment with more than 10,000 people gathered to hear Bolivian president Evo Morales' address to the Peoples World Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth's Rights.

The gathering - opened by a moving Indigenous ceremony - reflects what has been achieved in Bolivia, and the leadership that is being demonstrated by Bolivia on the global stage.

More to come.

Brent Patterson, Director of Campaigns and Communications, Council of Canadians
www.canadians.org

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"We have two paths: either capitalism dies or Mother Earth dies. Either capitalism lives or Mother Earth lives. Of course, brothers and sisters, we are here for life, for humanity and for the rights of Mother Earth. Long live the rights of Mother Earth! Death to capitalism!"

- Bolivian President Evo Morales

Click here to see what President Evo Morales told the 15,000 people gathered in the Esteban Ramirez Ecological Stadium in Tuquipaya:

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Morales, speaking at the April 20 conference inauguration, started his speech with a slogan, "Planet or death, we shall overcome". He said that harmony with nature could not exist while 1 per cent of the world's population concentrates more than 50 per cent of the world's riches. Capitalism is the main enemy of the Earth, only looking for profits, to the detriment of nature, and capitalism is a bridge for social  inequality.

ETA: From another source, we read:

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In his hour-long address this popular, proudly indigenous President of Bolivia made it clear that 2 degrees warming of the earth is completely unacceptable and gave us his perspective on the climate crisis, presenting what is essentially the crux of this conference. It is a perspective that is unashamedly and explicitly anti-capitalist. It places climate change firmly within the ideological story that says that the capitalist model (which to us Westerners is better known as ´just the way things are´) does not value the environment, does not value people and never will.  

In this part of the world this story is well-understood and popular. Similarly widely grasped is the idea that indigenous values and lifestyles offer a legitimate and superior alternative. Evo presented numerous examples: ceramic plates and cups are far superior to disposable plastic ones, quinoa is better than rice, the beautifully designed and hand-made ponchos of the Andes could never be substituted for $2 el-cheapo versions, Andean potatoes are better than Dutch ones and chicha (the local alcoholic drink made from maize) is far better for you than Coca Cola. The list went on and the speech became theatrical as the props were brought out to demonstrate his points.  

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