The World People's Conference on Climate Change ends with Declaration for the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia

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World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of  Mother Earth - Cochabamba, Bolivia

There was resistance group called Mesa 18 that was a rejected working group from the World People's Conference on Climate Change. Mesa 18 addressed vital climate change concerns from the Bolivian people and its rejection from the conference took any national concerns out of the WPCCC's broader global agenda.

 

World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of  Mother Earth - Cochabamba, Bolivia

Mesa 18 held two days of panels and workshopping in a small building just on the outskirts of the grounds of the conference. The 2 day event was highly attended and perserved despite the corrupt mistreatment that can happen in global politics. 

 

World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of  Mother Earth - Cochabamba, Bolivia World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of  Mother Earth - Cochabamba, Bolivia World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of  Mother Earth - Cochabamba, Bolivia

In front of the Mesa 18 building people were making creative protest gear, cops were preparing for the worst and media was documenting the whole experience.

 

World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of  Mother Earth - Cochabamba, Bolivia

Just on the outside of the doors of the Mesa 18 group and along the street lining towards the conference, there was a strong police presence that ranged from local police to full riot gear cops. With the controversy surrounding Mesa 18, the police were being prepared for anything.

 

Celebration Dinner with Bolivian President Evo Morales - Colomi -  Bolivia

A Quecha woman and her kitty companion sell local vegetables in the village of Colomi. 

 

Celebration Dinner with Bolivian President Evo Morales - Colomi -  Bolivia

A female member of La Via Campesina smiles after the celebration dinner with Bolivian Evo Morales in the village of Colomi.

 

It is a rare opprotunity to be witness to radical history in the making. From a photojournalism perspective the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth was a colorful collection of the communities that all share the same goal for climate justice. From a global community perspective the WPCCC was the collective sound of everyone's voice which left a mark on the world. The energy that was harnessed at this conference is sure to carry over to COP16 in Mexico this fall.

For more information as to why Static Photography is in Bolivia, check out our post on the WPCCC

 

For more information about WPCCC:

Bolivian Conference Honors the Ten Year Anniversary of Cochabamba Water Wars PHOTO ESSAY

International Farmers' and Peasants' Rights Coalition La Via Campesina at WPCCC PHOTO ESSAY 

World People's Conference on Climate - Energetic Activism on the Ground PHOTO ESSAY

WPCCC website Spanish

WPCCC website English

Salt n' Power: Lithium Salt Flats of Bolivia article   

Bolivia Climate Change Talks Give Poor a Voice

Final Conclusions from the 17 Working Groups of WPCCC

Bolivia UN Mission

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