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NEWS: Five countries to meet on the rights of Mother Earth, Nov. 10-12

The Toronto Bolivia Solidarity Committee reports that, “The environment ministers of Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela will meet in La Paz, Bolivia, this week to establish a joint Ministerial Committee on the Defence of Nature. This joint governmental meeting aims to apply the proposals of the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth that was held in Cochabamba, Bolivia last April.”

A news report adds that, “The countries belonging to the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) will meet Wednesday in Bolivia to advocate for a common position on the defense of the rights of Mother Earth. According to the Bolivian Minister of the Environment and Water, Maria Esther Udaeta, this is the purpose of a forum taking place in La Paz until Friday, Prensa Latina reported. …She added that the meetings this week in the Bolivian capital will also allow for the creation of an ALBA Ministerial Committee on the Defense of Nature.”

The Toronto Bolivia Solidarity Committee adds that, “On Saturday November 13, the day after this La Paz meeting, a community teach-in conference in Toronto will unite activists and groups in discussion of how to apply the Cochabamba proposals in Canada. The Toronto conference, entitled Building a Global Movement for Climate Justice, Lessons from Bolivia, will be addressed by a representative of Bolivia’s embassy in Washington, DC., Erika Duenas. The conference has been endorsed by 35 Toronto-area community groups, including (the Council of Canadians,) the Toronto & York District Labour Council, (Kairos, the Indigenous Environmental Network, and the Public Service Alliance of Canada).”

For more information on the teach-in, please go to http://climateandcapitalism.com/?p=3391. The full news report can be read at See http://climateandcapitalism.com/?p=3398.