Published: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

VHeadline News Editor Patrick J. O’Donoghue

The next big international event in Latin America is the environment alternative summit in Bolivia, which starts on Wednesday, April 21.

During the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) summit in Caracas this weekend, Bolivian President Evo Morales stressed the importance of taking urgent measures to halt climate change and the fundamental role of social movements in overcoming the crisis.

For Morales, the best and possibly only way to fight irresponsible capitalism is to defend Mother Earth and he told fellow heads of state that the defense of the planet is a new challenge for peoples who have been fighting for their independence and self-determination for centuries.

All the Presidents attending the ALBA summit will be in La Paz on Wednesday.

Morales admitted that he was surprised by the massive response to the summit by world social movements with 22,000 already signed up to take part. If some capitalist governments do not want to live up to their responsibilities in saving Mother Earth, Morales warned, then they will have the social movements as a constant reminder.

The Cuban government, President Raul Castro said, has taken up the challenge and what is happening is that Mother Earth is paying us back for all the abuse. The biggest abusers are the same who refuse to take measures and instead, they blame underdeveloped countries.

Venezuelan climate change negotiating team led by Claudia Salerno is already in Bolivia preparing for the event, which will be covered by Telesur continental TV.

In the meantime, the US has decided to take back climate change funding from the Bolivian government.

Patrick J. O’Donoghue