Washington D.C.- October 19, 2010 Two top officials from the Global South charged with fighting for an aggressive international agreement on climate change will speak to environmental activists, journalists and policymakers at the Green Festival in Washington, D.C. Claudia Salerno, Venezuela’s Presidential Envoy for Climate Change, and Pablo Solon, Bolivia’s Ambassador to the UN, will headline a panel discussion on October 24 at the festival, which is billed as the largest sustainability event in the U.S.
If there is one thing that ties Salerno and Solon to environmental activists in the U.S., it’s a serious concern that the world is not doing enough to stop climate change. At the Copenhagen Summit in December 2009, both Venezuela and Bolivia gave voice to worries held by many activists that the world’s developed countries were not ready to do what it takes to limit global temperature increases.
Those concerns led to the April 2010 World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, held in Cochabamba, Bolivia. In this event countries from the Global South and environmental activists and officials from more than 140 countries – including 400 from the U.S. – inclusively debated how best to combat climate change and promote environmental sustainability. The outcome of that debate will be taken by Venezuela and Bolivia to the next global summit on climate change, scheduled for Cancun, Mexico in December 2010.
Salerno and Solon will discuss the movement from the Global South to truly fight climate change, and they will exchange their thoughts and strategies with U.S.-based environmental activists as well as their proposed alternatives to the Copenhagen Accord.
The event will take place on Sunday, October 24 from 2-3 p.m. at the Center Stage of the Washington Convention Center. The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Washington, D.C. has a limited number of complimentary tickets to be given. To get one, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Green Festival and the panel that will feature Salerno and Solon visit: http://www.greenfestivals.org/wdc/updates/
For more information about Venezuela’s policies on climate change, please visit: http://venezuela-us.org/live/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/10-08-2010-Venezuela-and-Climate-Change.pdf