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Bolivia blames capitalism

Mexico: Bolivian President Evo Morales said capitalism was responsible for climate change in his speech at the Climate Change Summit Thursday and he insisted on the need for the developed countries to make new commitments to reduce their greenhouse effect gas emissions.

“We are sometimes debating only the effects of global warming, and not the causes, and we should be responsible and debate those causes,” said the Bolivian President in the high level segment of the 16th Climatic Change Summit in Cancun.

Morales recalled the responsibility of the Governments so that key decisions are adopted to face global warming.

“Our responsibility, if we want to give peoples of the world a hope, is to cool the planet, to lower the temperature, but each one of us, especially the Presidents, heads of delegations, governments, put yourself in the place of millions and millions of families that are victims of global warming,” he said.

“Powers of the world must pay the ecological debt, but above the ecological debt, it is more important to change the causes of global warming,” he stressed.

Morales said that if the Protocol of Kyoto is sent to a garbage dump, “we will be responsible for a lot of serious mistakes, and therefore of genocides, because we are taking actions that could harm the entire human race.”

The document, approved in the Japanese city of Kyoto in 1997 and not ratified by the United States, includes and approves the objective of reducing greemnhouse gas emissions by 5.2 percent compared to the levels of 1990.

He recalled some agreements of the climate conference of last April in Cochabamba, among them the proposal of creating a tribunal of climatic justice to sanction the nations of the world, transnationals or private individuals or institutions that damage the environment, as well as the organization of a world referendum in 2011 to change the capitalist model of over consumption and over production.

He also recalled that, under the sponsorship of the United Nations, the declarations of human rights and of indigenous communities were fostered, but the international organization has still to approve the rights of Mother Earth.

Cancun, Prensa Latina

 

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