Bolivian president gets UN ecological award

This video from Democracy NOW! in the USA is called “Welcome to the Axis of Evil” -Pres. of Bolivia-1/2.

Part 2 of this interview with President Evo Morales is here.

From Climate and Capitalism blog in Canada:

UN Names Evo Morales “World Hero of Mother Earth

September 1, 2009

Bolivian president Evo Morales has been declared “World Hero of Mother Earth,” by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

The first indigenous head of state in the Americas was presented with a medal and scroll in a ceremony in La Paz on Saturday, August 29.

General Assembly president Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann described Morales as the leading exponent and model of love for Pachamamma, the Quechua term for Mother Earth. Morales, he said, had shown clearly that the environmental crisis is caused by the “anti-values” of individualism, greed, selfishness and social and environmental irresponsibility – and that it can only be overcome by the spirit and practice of human solidarity.

Morales said that the award was not for him, but for “our ancestors, the native peoples who defended Mother Earth before colonialism, during the colonial period and during the republic.”

Morales said Bolivia’s experience in raising “living in harmony with the defense of Mother Earth” has international repercussions. He gave Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca credit for proposing the policy of “Buen Vivir” – living in harmony with Mother Earth – when the governmental program was first developed.

Morales is one of three world leaders to be given “World Hero” awards. The others are Cuban president Fidel Castro, named World Hero of Solidarity and the late president of Tanzania, Julius Nyerere, named World Hero of Social Justice.

As Bolivia heads towards its December 6 national elections, the right-wing opposition has again turned to violence and disinformation to try to halt the process of change led by the country’s first indigenous president, Evo Morales: here.

September 2010: Habitat in Bolivia vital to the survival of world’s rarest macaw, the blue-throated macaw, has been bought in a joint effort by three leading conservation groups: here.

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