La Paz, 1 Sep (Prensa Latina) Local media in Bolivia highlight Sunday the ideas of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, regarding climate change and its consequences for humanity, in the face of the emergency in the Amazon caused by forest fires.
The newspaper Cambio offers in its printed edition an article that recalls the speech of the Commander in Chief at the Earth Summit (Rio de Janeiro, 1992), when he enumerated the causes and predicted the disasters that the serious alteration of the climate would produce.
On that occasion, he pointed out the growing influence in the Third World of lifestyles and consumption habits that destroy the environment, while insisting on the science necessary for sustained development without pollution.
The day before, Bolivian media published an interview with Venezuelan intellectual Hernan Mena, about Fidel Castro’s appearance at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.
In his speech, he warned: ‘An important biological species ? humankind ? is at risk of … due to the rapid and progressive elimination of its natural habitat: humankind.’
Hernan Mena expressed that the Cuban leader was a precursor, a pioneer in the fight against this phenomenon, ‘he knew how to see it with his futuristic vision,’ he stressed.
‘But unfortunately they did not listen to his words,’ the Venezuelan intellectual lamented. ‘The great powers continued the dispossession, looting, the plundering of natural resources and at this moment we see how these devastating fires destroy the lungs of the planet, the largest natural reserve in the world,’ he said.
Bolivian President Evo Morales responded rapidly and effectively to the fires registered in the region of Chiquitania, a South American plain located between the Gran Chaco and the Amazon, in the department of Santa Cruz (east).
Morales created an Environmental Emergency Cabinet, which has the resources and means necessary to mitigate forest fires, restore basic services, protect the population and wild animals, as well as a reforestation plan for that eastern region of the country.