Bolivia Proposes Referendum on Climate Change

Copenhagen, Dec 17 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales proposed on Thursday a world referendum on climate change, during his speech in the COP15 UN Conference on the issue.

  Speaking before the Copenhagen Summit plenary, Morales called hypocrisy the fact that they are in this capital, discussing the effects and not the causes of the atmospheric global warming, which are due to the excessive consumption styles.

In the new initiative by the Bolivian president, he presented five questions that citizens of all nations in the world should ask themselves to be able to determine then the steps that the governments should take.

The first question would be if the civil society needs to establish harmony with nature or not; if it should change the extravagant forms of consumption in the world, if pollutant gas emissions should be reduced to one percent or not.

Besides, other questions ask if the citizens wish or not that today’s huge war budgets are devoted to the struggle against climate change, and finally if they would accept a Court of Justice to defend Mother Nature.

Morales highlighted that Mother Nature should be freed from the slavery to which people are subject in capitalism, which should pay its debt to climate, promising to consume less and reduce drastically its greenhouse gas emissions.

“Our obligation is to save humankind, not just half of it,” he stated.

The Bolivian head of State demanded that rich countries assume their responsibility, put an end to the differences among continents and accept all those forced to migrate due to the climate change, and not expel them, as they do now.

In statements to Prensa Latina news agency, he considered that The Earth can and will exist without human beings, but they can not live without it, thus the right to The Earth it is more important than human rights.

Source: Prensa Latina


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