Climate Justice: From Bolivia to the Bronx & Beyond!

A fascinating and timely discussion on Climate Justice and what people's movements have been doing and continue to do in attempting to curb pollution and decimation of natural resources.

A principal negotiator on climate change policy, Pablo Solón Romero is the Ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to the United Nations and one of the designers of the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth during April, 2010. Formerly Bolivia's Ambassador for issues concerning Integration and Trade, he also served as Secretary of the Union of South American Nations (2006-08) and as President Evo Morales's delegate in the Strategic Reflection Committee for South American Integration (2006). An activist as well as diplomat, Solón has worked for years with different social organizations, indigenous movements, workers’ unions, student associations, human rights and cultural organizations in Bolivia. He is the son of the famous Bolivian muralist Walter Solón Romero Gonzáles. Read more at http://boliviarising.blogspot.com/2010/08/bolivian-ambassador-to-un-pablo-solon.html

Monique Harden, Co-Director & Attorney for Advocates for Environmental Human Rights in New Orleans, LA On Tuesday, April 20, 2010, just the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth was starting in Cochabamba, Bolivia, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew up in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 oil workers and launching one of the most serious environmental crises in United States history. When she returned from Bolivia to her home in Louisiana, Monigue Harden began defending the rights of those most impacted by the Gulf disaster. Having worked for the past five years to defend the victims of Hurricane Katrina, it was not the first time Ms. Harden has fought for the environmental human rights of those impacted by man-made disasters in the Gulf. Since 1996, Ms. Harden has provided legal counsel and advocacy support that have helped community organizations win important environmental justice victories. In 2003, along with Nathalie Walker, she co-founded Advocates for Environmental Human Rights, headquartered in New Orleans. Ms. Harden is a graduate of The University of Texas School of Law (1995), and received a B.A. from St. John’s College (1990). She has authored and co-authored numerous reports and papers on environmental justice and human rights issues. Her advocacy work has been featured in television, radio and print news, as well as books, magazines, and documentaries. Read more: http://www.commonweal.org/programs/fg_fenceline/harden.html

Father Miguel D’Escoto was elected President of the 63rd session of the United Nations General Assembly for a one-year term on 4 June 2008. A veteran statesman, politician, community leader and priest, Father d’Escoto served for over a decade as the Republic of Nicaragua’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, a post he held from July 1979 until April 1990. During his tenure, he played a key role in the peace processes to end internal armed conflicts in Central America. Also at that time, he spearheaded his Government’s decision, in 1984, to bring to the International Court of Justice a claim against the United States for supporting military and paramilitary actions against his country, with the Court subsequently ruling in favor of Nicaragua. As a participant in the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth’s Rights, in Cochabamba, Bolivia in April, Father Miguel presented his vision of an International Climate Justice Tribunal. The proposal was incorporated into the People’s Accord, adopted by the more than 30,000 climate justice advocates who attended the World People’s Conference. Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miguel_d'Escoto_Brockmann

Tanya Fields is an activist, social entrepreneur and mother in the South Bronx, a community known for environmental injustice. As a member of Mothers on the Move, Tanya recently won a lawsuit in conjunction with other South Bronx residents to shut down a human-waste processing plant that has plagued her community with asthma and putrid odors for over fifteen years. Formerly the outreach coordinator for Sustainable South Bronx, Tanya linked innovative pioneers in urban sustainability with grassroots social justice organizing. She is currently advocating the first Hunts Point Farm Share, “Libertad” and creating a women and youth led farmers’ market. As a delegate to Cochabamba and the Founder of BlkGrl, a media company that seeks to unite women of the Diaspora through media, entertainment and community projects, Tanya is linking local environmental justice issues with global climate change, and making sure women and people of color are on the forefront of the movement. Read more: http://changents.com/tanyafields

Miguel D'Escoto, Tanya Fields, Monique Harden, Mychal Johnson & Pablo Solón
September 18, 2010

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