Throughout this week, the Bolivian government is hosting a large grassroots climate change meeting in Cochabamba to call for greater environmental responsibility in addressing climate change.
First proposed by Bolivian President Evo Morales, known as a leader of the world’s indigenous people, the summit brings together thousands of diverse representatives from government, science, environmental advocacy, indigenous communities and other members of civil society to find ways to ensure the protection of those most vulnerable to the impacts of global warming.
Supreme Master Television’s correspondent reports from Bolivia.
Correspondent in Bolivia (M): We are here at the opening day of the “People’s World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth” in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
This conference is bringing together concerned citizens from all over the world in a joint effort to discuss how global warming can be kept to within 1 degree rise.
Nurah Amat’ullah – PetroBronx US-based community service organization, USA (F): We’re proposing that as we are moving forward into this green economy that we be mindful that we bring all of the communities in and the people have a voice.
Indigenous participant (M): Our ancestors had intimate knowledge of communion with nature.
Correspondent (M): This initiative is supported by up to 100 government representatives, many of whom are from the most vulnerable nations affected by climate change.
Jorge Dalberto Aguilar Chinche – Indigenous participant from Bolivia (M): Before we had plenty of rain. Now, it has practically changed: There is hail, wind, there is drought, there is much heat.
VOICE: The conference also seeks to raise governments’ awareness of the plight of indigenous communities such as those in the South American Andes Mountains, where ice caps are melting at alarming rates.
Delegates expressed their concern for the floods and drying of rivers that in turn jeopardize water supplies needed by the communities to survive.
Jorge Dalberto Aguilar Chinche (M): Something is happening in the world and it’s a big concern. And I want to welcome all the brethren in the world that we will surely handle this issue to resolve the future of our living beings.
Correspondent (M): The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association members are participating by attending discussion work groups where policies can be presented.
Flyers highlighting the importance and urgency of mitigating climate change through the plant-based diet are also being distributed.
Indigenous participant from Peru (M): We are all committed to not pollute more our planet Earth, our Pacha (Earth). That is, to take care of our flora, fauna, our animals.
Participant from Peru – Vegetarian (M): Meat is a poison, not a food. It’s becoming increasingly more poisonous because of the way animals are grown.
Correspondent (M): Supreme Master Television reporting from Cochabamba, Bolivia.
VOICE: We send our congratulations and best wishes to all participants of this unique summit that gives voice to those already experiencing unfavorable climatic change.
May this be an opportunity to boldly choose the most effective course of action, that is, the organic vegan diet that benefits all world citizens and our Earth.
During a September 2009 videoconference in Peru, Supreme Master Ching Hai emphasized, as she often has, the necessity of a global shift to a plant-based diet for the planet to survive.