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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, May 10, 2010

Live from Bolivia: Manny Pino from Acoma Pueblo


Manny Pino, Acoma Pueblo, one of the chairs of the working group on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the World Climate Conference in Bolivia, describes the work carried out by the Indigenous Peoples working group. Pino, board president of the Indigenous Environmental Network, details the environmental racism of uranium mining which left a trail of death and radioactivity in Acoma and Laguna Pueblos in northern New Mexico, and the nearby Navajo Nation. On May 7, 2010, following the Bolivia conference, Bolivia President Evo Morales, with Tom Goldtooth, Dakota/Navajo executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, urged the United Nations in New York to adopt the Peoples Agreement adopted in Bolivia. The Peoples Agreement was the culmination of 17 working groups. Video recorded live by Govinda at Earthcycles, in Bolivia.

UN urged to adopt Peoples Agreement from Bolivia
Convinced that recent Government-led climate negotiations had ignored the perspective of the people most affected by global warming, Bolivian President Evo Morales told reporters today that the United Nations should adopt the outcomes of a “people’s summit” he had convened last month in the Andean city of Cochabamba as a more inclusive, people-centred framework for future talks to ensure equitable decision-making and respect for the rights of the planet.
“I’m talking about justice,” said President Morales, who was in New York accompanied by a group of social activists to present United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with the outcomes of the first World People’s Congress on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, held in Cochabamba 20-22 April.
Nnimmo Bassey, Chair of Friends of the Earth International, Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, Meena Raman, of the Third World Network, and Maude Barlow, of the Blue Planet Project, joined the President at the press conference. Read more ...

More from President Morales at the UN at Democracy Now:

Bolivian President Evo Morales: “For Bolivians and for indigenous peoples, the idea is to live well. And this term ‘living well’ is important, as opposed to ‘living better’—living well. Capitalism, to live better, pillages resources in an unbridled manner, exploits the children of Mother Earth, which are the human beings, destroys nature, squandering. It causes so much damage to humanity. Hence the debate is on the structural causes of global warming.”

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