Some members of the Energy Action Coalition are spending this Earth Day in Cochabamba, Bolivia at the first ever World People's conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth April 19-22. Youth leaders are joining over 15,000 delegates from 126 countries. Bolivian President Evo Morales, the first Indigenous president of the Latin American Country, and thought that this conference would be extremely important to make sure the people of the world were heard before the United Nations Climate Negotiations in Cancun, Mexico in December.
The conference will bring people from around the world together to discuss real solutions and tactics for improving future United Nations climate negotiations. Members of the United States Environmental Justice Delegation will discuss domestic climate change issues on a number of panels during the conference and offer live-feed reports of the conference through community forums and organizational websites.
Here is an interview with Ian Viteri, youth environmental justice leader and Clean Power organizer with the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization based in Chicago, Illinois. The great bloggers at justicenecology.posterous.com caught up with Ian right before going to see Ivo Morales speak at the opening ceremonies of the conference. Click "Read more" for the video.
If in the United States you can connect with the conference in a couple ways.
- In Washington, DC head to Busboys and Poets on 14th and V st. NW where the US Embassy of Bolivia will be hosting a recap event featuring the US ambassador to Bolivia Pablo Salon, performances and discussion from local and national environmental justice voices. This event will be held on today April 22, 2010 from 8-10.
- In Oakland check out the Peralta Sustainability Conference at Laney Community College, Kari Fulton, National Youth Campaign Coordinator for the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative will offer a live webcast from Cochabamba Bolivia at 12pm.