Tuesday began at 8:30, as people began to gather in the stadium in Tiqipaya. It was a festive atmosphere — a bright, sunny day, colorful people in colorful clothes, beautiful music and dance from various countries, all awaiting President Evo Morales. He speech invigorated the crowd…, with a smattering of anti-capitalist rhetoric, as well as some fine hope-filled challenges to the world.
Later in the day, Our working group met to revise our “Shared Vision” position paper. The following points, more fully developed and still in need of further revision on Wednesday morning, can be summarized (in my words — the final document will be posted tomorrow):
— Economic and development models that are based in the supremacy of the the human person over nature, as opposed to models that see human persons and nature in a balanced, respectful relationship, are to be rejected. These systems have brought us to the state of crisis which we face;
— acceptable rates for greenhouse gas emissions: no more than 350 ppm with a further target of 300 ppm, which translates into a 1 degree C rise in worldwide average temperature by the end of the century;
— nations that argue for higher limits must be held responsible for the damage this has brought and will bring;
— a “healthy” eco-system and climate are natural rights. The earth itself, seen from the indigenous perspective as a “being” no less precious than human beings, has rights;
— the concentration of wealth and exploitation of resources in the hands of the few continues to plague the planet; a new view of humanity-in-relation-to-nature is fundamental to the promotion of the common good and the universal destiny of the goods of creation;
— peoples must choose to “live well,” rather than constantly seeking to “live better”; the constant drive for “more” places human beings in competition with one another and in conflict with the the natural order. Reductions in the rate of climate change are a key to permitting the poorest nations to live well, and a challenge to the developed world to choose to live more simply.
— to further enable the development of poorer nations in a way that respects the natural world is the sharing of new, sustainable and non-resource-depleting technologies, and the rejecting of technologies and strategies that continue to damage or tax the resources the natural world.
Tomorrow, I think you will find the completed document both challenging and inspiring.