Opponents of the Morales government deliberately misrepresent its strong environmental track record, to advance their own political goals
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ALBA backs Bolivian call for international assembly of social movements in 2015; Evo Morales urges “a climate agreement for life, not business and capitalist commercialism”
Work and ecological justice; Nuclear in Bolivia; Indigenous voices on Peruvian deforestation; Renewables are not enough; Carbon trading or regulation?
The word was unknown until recently, but now ‘extractivism’ has become a source of heated debate and confusion. What’s really at stake? Federico Fuentes replies to Don Fitz.
Despite being small, landlocked and poor, Bolivia is punching way above its weight in confronting the climate crisis and formulating radical solutions
Some left critics of progressive governments in South America point to differences between ‘pro-extractivists’ and ‘anti-extractivists.’ Federico Fuentes says that framework hinders real understanding of the issues.
‘Only we can save the source of life and society: Mother Earth. Our planet is under a death threat from predatory and insane capitalism. Another world is not only possible, it is indispensable, because otherwise, no world will be possible.’
The debate continues: Is ‘Buen vivir’ an effective and just development alternative to mining and resource extraction industries in Latin America?
“What we need is not a Europe that watches from a distance what is happening in far off places of the world but a Europe that lights up again the destiny of the continent and of the world.”
Federico Fuentes: The government of Latin America’s poorest country is taking natural resources out of the hands of multinationals, and using that wealth to fight poverty
Book Review: A compelling contribution to our understanding of the challenges facing Latin America’s ‘pink tide’
“Our vision of the Communitarian Socialism of Living Well is based on rights and not on the market. It is based on the full realization of human happiness of peoples and populations, through the full complementarity of the rights of peoples, persons, states and Mother Earth”
Free download from C&C: Alvaro Garcia Linero’s powerful book-length response to leftist critics of the Morales government’s economic policies, including the controversial TIPNIS highway and so-called ‘extractivism.’
Despite attacks from within and abroad, Bolivia’s ‘process of change’ made important gains in 2012, and is building on its strengths to advance into a post-capitalist economic revolution.
“We did not come here to turn the climate into a business, or to protect businesses of them who want to continue aggravating the climate crisis, destroying Mother Earth. We came here to protect the future of humanity.”
Diego Pacheco, head of the Bolivian delegation to CBD: “Everything connected with nature is being commodified, putting at risk the livelihoods of indigenous and local people, and of the common goods.”
Morales’ action is a victory for local social movements fighting corporate violence. and a step towards ending 500 years of foreign powers stripping the country of its natural resources.
Despite attempts by the Canadian company to divide indigenous communities, a new agreement will ensure that Bolivia’s resources are used to benefit the country’s people.
All governments must reject this agreement and halt the negotiations process until concrete commitments are made to replace the neo-liberal model with one based on fair development in harmony with nature and the philosophy of Living Well (Vivir Bien)