Agencia Boliviana de Información

The famed Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano has confirmed that he will attend the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth that is to be held in the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia from April 20th to 22nd.

Galeano and President Morales met on Monday in Montevideo, Uruguay, according to the Bolivian embassy in that city. In conversation with Morales, the author of the book The Open Veins of Latin America announced his decision to travel to Cochabamba to join social movements and organizations from around the World in denouncing climate change due to exaggerated levels of greenhouse gas emissions and developing new strategies for saving Mother Earth.

The Cochabamba conference, called for by Morales, is presented as an alternative to the perspective expressed by large industrial powers at the UN Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen last December, which did not favor a reduction in toxic emissions that are causing a dangerous rise in global temperatures.

Galeano will arrive in Bolivia on April 17th. His bestselling Open Veins of Latin America points out that 60 billion tons of silver was extracted from the Potosi area of Bolivia during the course of four centuries of exploitation.