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Tuesday, 19 January 2010 01:11

COP 15 Bolivia rejects US blame game on Copenhagen and
calls for the people to decide

PEJnews  - Nick Buxton Media Liaison for Plurinational Government of Bolivia

Jonathan Pershing said: "Who were they? Bolivia, Venezuela,
Nicaragua, Cuba. These are countries that are part of the ALBA group, a
group that sees this process not so much as a solution to climate
change, but in fact as a mechanism to redistribute global wealth. And
they don't like the fact that this did not do that

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Bolivia responds.
PRESS RELEASE

Bolivia rejects US blame game on Copenhagen and calls for the people to
decide

New York, 18 January 2010 - In response to US climate envoy Jonathan
Pershing's attempts to blame countries of the Latin American ALBA block
for the failure of the Copenhagen climate talks and the US decision to
therefore sideline the UN in future climate talks, Pablo Solon,
Bolivia's ambassador to the UN said the following:


"The US' deliberate attempts to sideline both democracy and justice in
the climate policy debate is holding humanity hostage - and will be
viewed as both reckless and immoral by future generations."


"It is time the US read the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change's own reports, which in the Fourth Assessment clearly noted that
'Adaptive capacity is intimately connected to social and economic
development, but it is not evenly distributed across and within
societies.' Furthermore it states: 'Vulnerability to climate change can
be exacerbated by ...poverty, unequal access to resources, food
insecurity, trends in economic globalization, conflict and incidence of
diseases such as HIV/AIDS.'"


"The only solution to climate change is one based on justice otherwise
we are making a decision to sacrifice more than half of humanity.
Climate Justice will mean radical reduction of emissions in
industrialized countries and the transfer of resources and technology to
developing countries. If the US and other governments can so easily find
money for endless wars, bank bailouts and bonanza bonuses for the rich,
they clearly have the resources to help save lives and protect future
generations."


Solon added: "The US admission that it wants to exclude the vast
majority of the planet from decisions about climate change is deeply
offensive, when the climate crisis will fall first on those who are most
vulnerable. The earthquake in Haiti has shown very clearly how
vulnerable impoverished countries will be to environmental crises. The
US decision to ignore our voices is the attitude of a colonial ruler. It
is certainly not change we can believe in."


"The US climate envoy Pershing must be very deaf if he thinks that only
a small minority of countries opposed the Copenhagen Accord. The
agreement was roundly condemned in almost every quarter of the world,
because it patently fails to tackle the climate crisis. The leaders of
the world's largest polluting nations have failed us. That is why
Bolivia is organizing a Peoples' Conference on Climate Change in April
to put forward effective proposals for saving humanity from climate
chaos. We invite all people committed to saving our planet to join us."


For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Nick Buxton - Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or ring +1 530 902 3772


Notes:

1. Jonathan Pershing said: "Who were they? Bolivia, Venezuela,
Nicaragua, Cuba. These are countries that are part of the ALBA group, a
group that sees this process not so much as a solution to climate
change, but in fact as a mechanism to redistribute global wealth. And
they don't like the fact that this did not do that. It didn't do that,
and they objected to that fact. Well, surprise, surprise, surprise, the
rest of the world doesn't want to do it that way. But they couldn't get
an agreement, because this group, this narrow group, was blocking it."
Pershing says future talks should center around the world's largest
polluters instead of trying to go through the UN process. He said, "It
is.impossible to imagine a negotiation of enormous complexity where you
have a table of 192 countries involved in all the detail."
http://www.democracynow.org/2010/1/14/headlines
2. The Peoples Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth Rights will
take place 19-22 April 2010 in Cochabamba, Bolivia (For more information
http://cmpcc.org/)

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NICK BUXTON
MEDIA LIAISON FOR PLURINATIONAL GOVERNMENT OF BOLIVIA

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