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World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth
In response to the dismal failure of the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen, Denmark the previous December, Evo Morales, President of Bolivia, proposed a World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, to be held in Cochabamba Bolivia.
Cochabamba, Bolivia “Water Wars” – 10 Year Anniversary
10 years ago, the people of Cochabamba shut down their city to protest the privatization of their water systems by Bechtel Corporation and the World Bank.
Their David vs Goliath efforts were successful, their story an inspiration to other communities around the world. But the issues are complex and while improvements have been made and water access expanded, for many of the city’s poor the fight to gain access to water continues.