[News] Evo Morales’ 10 Commandments to save the Planet

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Evo Morales' 10 Commandments to save the Planet
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28 April 2008

Bolivian President Evo Morales said today that to save the planet 
requires putting an end to the capitalist model and for the North to 
pay its Ecological Debt. This was the first of 10 points presented by 
Morales at the inauguration of the UN's VII Indigenous Forum, in a 
long address acclaimed by participants at this annual gathering.

Morales Ayma proposed 10 commandment to save the world, life, and all 
of humanity, making reference to respect for the earth, renouncing 
war, bilateral relations without impositions, water and land as human 
rights, clean energy, no to biofuels, basic services, prioritizing 
what is produced locally, promoting cultural diversity, and the 
notion of "living well" through communitarian socialism and in 
harmony with mother Earth.

The president affirmed that there remain two paths toward saving 
humanity, life, and the plant Earth: either recovering a way of life 
in harmony with mother Earth and all of life, or following the path 
of capitalism and death.

Morales insisted that the only way to save the world is to put an end 
to this way of thinking that promotes individualist selfishness and a 
thirst for profits. He asked indigenous peoples, peasants and 
governments of the world to consume what is necessary, giving 
priority to what is produced locally and avoiding waste and luxury.

The head of state further expressed that "the huge impact of climate 
change is not a product of human beings in general, but of the 
dominant capitalist system with its unlimited industrial development; 
that is why I feel it is important to put an end to the exploitation 
of human beings and the plundering of natural resources".

TEN COMMANDMENTS TO SAVE THE PLANET

1. In order to save the planet, the capitalist model must be 
eradicated and the North pay its ecological debt, rather than the 
countries of the South and throughout the world continuing to pay 
their external debts.

2. Denounce and PUT AN END to war, which only brings profits for 
empires, transnationals, and a few families, but not for peoples. The 
million and millions of dollars destined to warfare should be 
invested in the Earth, which has been hurt as a result of misuse and 
overexploitation.

3. Develop relations of coexistence, rather than domination, among 
countries in a world without imperialism or colonialism. Bilateral 
and multilateral relations are important because we belong to a 
culture of dialogue and social coexistence, but those relationships 
should not be of submission of one country to another.

4. Water is a human right and a right for all living things on the 
planet. It is not possible that there be policies that permit the 
privatization of water.

5. Develop clean energies that are nature friendly; put an end to 
energy wastefulness. In 100 years we are doing away with the fossil 
fuels that have been created over millions of years. Avoid the 
promotion of agrofuels. It is incomprehensible that some governments 
and economic development models can set aside land in order to make 
luxury cars run, rather than using it to provide food for human 
beings. Promote debates with governments and create awareness that 
the earth must be used for the benefit of all human beings and not to 
produce agrofuels.

6. Respect for the mother Earth. Learn from the historic teachings of 
native and indigenous peoples with regard to the respect for the 
mother Earth. A collective social consciousness must be developed 
among all sectors of society, recognizing that the Earth is our mother.

7. Basic services, such as water, electricity, education, healthcare, 
communications, and collective transportation should all be 
considered human rights; they cannot be privatized but must rather be 
public services.

8. Consume what is necessary, give priority and consume what is 
produced locally, put an end to consumerism, waste, and luxury. It is 
incomprehensible that some families dedicate themselves to the search 
for luxury, when millions and millions of persons do not have the 
possibility to live well.

9. Promote cultural and economic diversity. We are very diverse and 
this is our nature. A plurinational state, in which everyone is 
included within that state - whites, browns, blacks, everyone.

10. We want everyone to be able to live well, which does not mean to 
live better at the expense of others. We must build a communitarian 
socialism that is in harmony with the mother Earth.

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