Space for Movement?
Reflections from Bolivia on climate justice, social movements and the state
In the wake of the failed COP-15 in Copenhagen last December, Bolivia’s first indigenous president called for a World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth (CMPCC). Was this the necessary space for social movements to respond where governments and the UN have failed? Was it an attempt to co-opt radical demands? Following the CMPCC in Cochabamba, April 2010, this booklet reflects on the lessons from Bolivia and the role of movements in the fight for climate justice.
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Edited by the Building Bridges Collective- an ad-hoc group made up of 8 people that came together through our shared interest in the CMPCC, put in touch with each other through friends and contacts.
As individuals we are involved with various autonomous political groups and networks including Rising Tide, No Borders, Climate Justice Action, Camp for Climate Action, Carbon Trade Watch, Somos Sur, Trapese Popular Education Collective, and EYFA.
However, the thoughts, analyses and perspectives in this booklet are ours and do
not, of course, represent the views of these groups or networks.
This booklet would not have been possible without the generous and thoughtful contributions of all the people we talked to and interviewed whilst in Bolivia.
We wrote, distributed an open letter to the participants of the conference and have used this as a basis of the interviews and the sections in this booklet, read it here.