Morales tells summit: capitalism biggest threat to Earth

Evo Morales leads a procession of Bolivian indigenous people

COCHABAMBA: Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayma condemned the capitalist system in the opening session of the 1st World Conference of the Peoples on Climatic Change on April 20.

Morales, in his April 20 intervention in the inauguration, stated that capitalism is the main enemy of the Earth, only looking for profits, to the detriment of nature, and that capitalism is a bridge for asymmetries and inequality.

A total of more than 15,000 representatives from the five continents of the world were present at the Esteban Ramirez Ecological Stadium in Tuquipaya when Morales read a letter to the future generations to alert on the danger the planet now has.

The letter written by Morales said the Earth is giving signals by means of earthquakes, seaquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, droughts and typhoons, so there is a great need to protect the planet.

In his letter, Morales called the attention on climatic migrants, 50 million people going from one place to another, a number that could be increased up to 200 million in 2050, because of the environmental negative impacts.

The Bolivian President called peoples of the world to join to face those who kill people and foster the purchase of weapons. If the capitalism is not changed or eliminated, measures adopted to defend the Mother Earth will be precarious and temporary.

The Bolivian President started his speech with a slogan saying "Planet or Death, We Shall Overcome" and said that harmony with nature could not exist while 1 percent of the world population concentrates more than 50 percent of the world's richness.

Morales criticized the 15th Summit of the United Nations in Copenhagen, Denmark, a place where the voices for vindication brought by entire peoples and social organizations were not heard.

He stated that industrialized countries have the obligation to end with the capitalist model, and the summit should deepen on the causes of climatic change.

"It is necessary that the UN member countries listen and respect the will of the peoples of the world," he said.

He confirmed the creation of an alternative organization of the peoples of the world in defense of nature.

The event will conclude on Thursday, with the celebration of the International Day for the Mother Herat at the Felix Capriles Stadium in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

This is a Bolivian proposal approved by the UN General Assembly in 2009.

[Reprinted from Prensa Latina. To watch a live stream of the summit in Cochabama, visit here.]