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NicaNet climate change delegation to Nicaragua: June 10-21, 2013

Note: I’ve travelled many times to Nicaragua, including the first environmental justice delegation after the 1998 Hurricane Mitch.  One of our findings from that delegation was that Hurricane Mitch’s devastation was exacerbated by climate change.  I’ve worked with Nicaragua Network and the head of this delegation, Paul Baker-Hernandez, over two decades now. I’ve stayed with Paul and his family in Managua and I’ve traveled overland from the Pacific to the Atlantic Coast with Paul. I’m looking forward to hearing the report back and the findings. And if you go, ask Paul to sing “Comandante Che Guevara.”

-Orin Langelle for the GJEP Team

Nicaragua Network Announces:

Delegation to Nicaragua!
Climate Change, Water, and Sustainability
June 10 – 21, 2013
$950 (all lodging, meals, and in-country travel)

boat view of island

At the crossroads between North and South America, Nicaragua is astonishingly bio-diverse and is a regional leader in terms of energy from renewable resources. It is also on the frontline of climate change, suffering increasingly from desertification, flooding and crop devastation. And, this little country is also profoundly engaged in two projects that could re-shape the world.

The first, Hugo Chavez’s great legacy, the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our Americas, ALBA, is an international trading system based on justice, cooperation and caring for the Earth – a ready-functioning alternative to the dog-eat-dog depredations of catastrophic consumerism.

The second, a vast trans-isthmus canal, will bring post-Panamax behemoths plowing up the very heart of Lake Cocibolca (Lake Nicaragua), one of largest fresh water lakes in the world. For the Sandinista government, ALBA and the canal are vital to development; for others, the canal is absolute catastrophe.

This is an historic moment, for Nicaragua and for the planet. Nicaragua is also on the frontline of climate change, responding with imaginative people-based initiatives to increasing desertification,flooding and crop devastation.

Join us to visit communities developing local creative responses to climate change: cooking gas from dung, cleansing grey water, making dried-up rivers live again. And discuss with regular folks, experts and government officials the burning questions: ‘Whither the regional integration of ALBA now that Chavez is gone?’ and ‘The Grand Canal: Development or Disaster?’ ”
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