Saturday, November 07, 2009

In Bolivia climate change is not a future problem, it is now

Chacaltaya glacier, there you see it, now you don't

Oxfam America recently put out an alarming press release explaining how climate change will put dire stress on impoverished communities in Bolivia along five dimensions: glacier retreat, natural disasters, disease spread, forest fires, and erratic weather.

All very true, and reason for the world's largest polluter (USA! #1!) to face up to its responsibilities in Copenhagen Climate Summit, but the Oxfam report makes one serious mistake- tensing its warnings in the future tense.

In Bolivia climate change is happening now, and affecting communities with little recourse to "adapt" (nice euphemism for getting forced off your land and livelihood). The glaciers that provide much of Bolivia's fresh water are disappearing, now. The Chacaltaya glacier which supplies water to the city of El Alto and altiplano is basicly nonexistant. Bolivia has requested emergency assistence from the UN due to drought.

People suffer and someone is going to have to pay. Maybe it ought to be those responsible?

2 comments:

Bina said...

I'm sure this all plays very nicely into somebody's subsoil-mineral-rights plans. With all the pesky indigenous people gone (no water!), their land will be, literally, a steal. Mines, yay!

Only--oops--no water, so good luck processing all those subsoil minerals you got, literally, dirt cheap. Also, no workers (no water!)

Mines--dang.

Locojhon said...

Yeah, Bina--except those nice plans kinda got sidetracked by some dude named Evo.
"Depopulation" is the desired policy of the USG, and has been before this quote was uttered: - "If war aims are stated which seem to be solely concerned with Anglo-American imperialism, they will offer little to people in the rest of the world. The interests of other peoples should be stressed. This would have a better propaganda effect."- Private memo from The Council of Foreign Relations to the US State Department, 1941

Or this: "We have about 60% of the world’s wealth but only 6.3% of its’ population. In this situation we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity. We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world benefaction. We should cease to talk about such vague and unreal objectives as human rights, the raising of living standards and democratisation. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better."- George Kennan, former Head of the US State Department Policy Planning Staff, Document PPS23, 24th February 1948

or this: "Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people." - 1970, Henry Kissinger

or this: "The US must carry out some act somewhere in the world which shows its’ determination to continue to be a world power."- Henry Kissinger, post-Vietnam blues, as quoted in The Washington Post, April 1975

or many more similar quotes.

I'm betting more gas and oil, and the lithium is the goal. Even gaining nothing at all would serve to concentrate populations for easier future extirpation and domination.
I wish I had your optimism.