Organized as a counter to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen, the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth is underway right now in Cochabamba, Bolivia. According to reports, this is a largely activist gathering--a way for indigenous peoples and those living in developing nations to have their voices heard above the tumult of the U.N. and larger, industrialized nations. "It is...an alternative to the meeting that took place in Copenhagen," says the Spanish language magazine Ahora, "where rich countries conspired to come up with an agreement that exempts them of any responsibility regarding the climate world situation. And in the words of Bolivian President Evo Morales (who opened the summit by condemning the U.N. talks), "We are gathered here because the so-called developed countries didn't meet their obligation of establishing substantial commitments to cutting greenhouse gas emissions in Copenhagen."
With that outfit, something tells me President Morales has been eating a lot of chicken himself...
The Bolivian World People's Conference has gathered over 15,000 people from 130 countries, brought together indigenous leaders, scientists and heads of state, and aims to focus on less-talked about topics, such as climate migration and the rights of Mother Earth, according to reports by Reuters, and to "give voice to the world's poorest people - those most affected by climate change - and to make governments more aware of their plight. The main goal is to present draft proposals to the UN climate meeting due to be held in Mexico later this year," according to coverage by the Guardian.
But the big news coming out of Cochabamba? That eating chicken will turn you homosexual. Just ask President Morales.
This wasn't the only gem of foodie wisdom Morales laid down for the crowds in Bolivia. He also insisted that baldness in European nations is a result of eating genetically modified foods and blasted Coca-Cola, saying, "It is harmful. ... Imagine what it contains," and then not saying exactly what ingredient bothered him. After that, he lit into European potatoes, Western medicine and...plates. The plates in particular seemed to really piss him off.
Thing is, I gotta give the man credit for one thing. Where any American president, politician or celebrity caught on record making such claims would've immediately started to back-pedal and waffle the minute he or she was called out in public, Morales not only stuck by his guns when called for comment by the newspaper El Tiempo, he actually went further, stating again that eating hormone-treated chicken had dire consequences for both men and women and that, "Baldness, which seems normal, is a disease in Europe, almost everyone is bald and it's related to the food they eat. Among the indigenous people there are no bald men, because we eat different things."
The Bolivian climate summit continues through tomorrow. If Morales shows up for another speech, I'll be sure to get the Voracious HQ translating staff to work on it immediately.