LA PAZ — The alternative “people’s conference” on climate change called by socialist Bolivian President Evo Morales is expecting 7,500 delegates from more than 100 countries, officials said Monday.
Among those set to attend the gathering in Cochabamba April 20-22 include Presidents Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, Rafael Correa of Ecuador, and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, according to Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca.
Named the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, the gathering is intended to “give a voice to the people” on climate change after the perceived failure of the United Nations-sponsored Copenhagen summit on the same issue, organizers say.
In addition to government leaders, those attending will include delegates from social movements and nongovernmental organizations. Organizers say they expect attendees to include anti-globalization activists Naomi Klein of Canada and Jose Bove of France, and James Hansen, a U.S. scientist who was among the first to warn about climate change. Also invited to the event was James Cameron, the Canadian-born director of the blockbuster film “Avatar.”
Government delegations will be coming from Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Ecuador, Honduras, Dominica, Antigua, and Barbudas as well as St Vincent and the Grenadines, officials say.
The conference will seek to refine proposals put forward by Morales in Copenhagen, including the creation of a world tribunal for climate issues and a global referendum on environmental choices.