On 22nd January 2006 Evo Morales became the first indigenous leader of a Latin American country in, um, well a very long time/forever, depending on your definition of country.
And is Bolivia now an ecotopia? Of course not. But at least Morales is telling the truth and making an effort, which is more than you can say about the Camerons/Abbotts/Harpers of this world.
In 2010 an alternative climate summit was held in Cochabamba. Morales felt that the Lima talks on the “Road to Paris” were such a failure that he is proposing a Bolivian conference in 2015.
Richard Fidler reports that Morales as saying “Either we change global capitalist society or it will annihilate the world’s peoples and nature itself.”
Fidler further reports that Morales ‘denounced the “more than 30 years of pretence, futile negotiations with no result” of the UN climate negotiations. Participation by the developing countries, he said, seemed only to legitimate what had become “a simulacrum of dialogue,” a “staging of environmentalism” characterized by “a great deal of hypocrisy, racism and neocolonialism.”’
Agree or disagree with the capitalism stuff, that does seem to be a robust description of the last 20 plus years…
Noam Chomsky: Indigenous People Are In The Lead (on Climate Change)
Chomsky added that “There is resistance: in Canada it’s coming from First Nations. But it’s worth remembering that that’s a world-wide phenomenon. Throughout the world, the indigenous populations are in the lead. They are actually taking the lead in trying to protect the earth. That’s extremely significant.”
Other things that happened on this day:
1970 – According to wikipedia The Boeing 747, the world’s first “jumbo jet”, enters commercial service for launch customer Pan American Airways with its maiden voyage from John F. Kennedy International Airport to London Heathrow Airport.
2002 Lee Raymond (Exxon) spends an hour at number 10 with Tony Blair (see Greenpeace report Exxon’s Weapons of Mass Deception)