There is no shortage of ideas for how global capitalism can be marshaled to slow down global warming. Never mind that we’re in this mess in the first place largely due to the take-no-prisoners industrialization upon which today’s wealthier nations built their fortunes, while the world’s poorer nations pay the price. Few of the market-driven ideas for dealing with climate change have addressed this hard reality.
This week’s World People’s Conference on Climate Change—a gathering of more than 20,000 in Cochabamba, Bolivia—hopes to redirect that narrow discussion into one about climate justice. ColorLines’ correspondents in Cochabamba have compiled a slideshow of climate justice heroes at the meeting. Some are big name government officials; others are community-based organizers. They are all the sorts of voices that have been too often dismissed in the global discussion about how we’ll save the planet.
from the World People's Summit on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth.
:: More of the people on the front lines of climate action.