The Bolivian Climate Revolution

Misc on April 29, 2010

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Arthur Girling has been in Bolivia for Climate Radio and his report for ResonanceFM,  is now available.

“When Bolivian President Evo Morales announced the summit two weeks after the UN meeting in Copenhagen, it could have been easily dismissed as an attention-grabbing stunt. Bolivia was one of the most vocal opponents of the ‘Copenhagen Accord’, the non-binding document that emerged on the last day of talks in 2009.

“But Morales got the timing right. After the cynicism and recriminations of the failed summit, civil society, climate campaigners and governments see hope in his positive message of rights and justice.

“Arthur Girling travelled to Cochabamba to learn about new political proposals from some of the world’s poorest countries. 48 minutes of political debate, music and talk of revolution from ‘the city of eternal spring’.”

Update: As of 11 May 2010 a new version of this programme has been uploaded, with some additional clean-up and post-production work by Arthur.


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  1. February 6, 2011

    Radio show – The Bolivian Climate Revolution | Arthur Girling – notes and scribbles:

    [...] to Cochabamba and recorded this radio programme for Resonance 104.4 FM. Tune in for 48 minutes of political debate, music and talk of revolution [...]


  1. Nice one Arthur.

    What happened with the 18th group in the end? Did Morales etc… recognise what they were doing in the conference? How did he respond?

    Also really like the point at the end about people having different ideas about what is the cause of climate change being ok. We dont need to reduce it to – THIS etc – is the cause, but be in conversation (maybe??) and find resonance bewteen different ideas.

    Though a part of me feels like its too much talk and academic stuff again and feel like were buggered anyway… (might not be useful to say, but is how I feel…)

    Anyway, thanks for that Arthur, maybe Ill try to make it next year :)

    Aneaka 30 April / 12:43
  2. The 18th group were never acknowledged by Morales or the main conference as far as I know. They did put out a final declaration though, which called for all multinational mining companies to be thrown out of Bolivia, along with any organisations or media outlets which support them.

    Glad you enjoyed it, perhaps see you in Mexico!

    Arthur 1 May / 19:05
  3. Arthur, Do you have a link for working group 18′s final declaration?

    Phil England 1 May / 20:11
  4. Nice work Arthur. Enjoyed listening

    Lewis 3 May / 16:31
  5. Here is group 18′s final declaration – I can only find it in Spanish I’m afraid – does anyone else have a better link?

    Interestingly, the only acknowledgement of Mesa 18 from the Bolivian government was from Vicepresident Linera, who called it an ‘orgy of NGOs’.

    Arthur 5 May / 17:51

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