Bolivia’s Morales Calls Environmentalism Predatory Colonialism

Bolivian President Evo Morales said environmentalism is a “predatory” tool by developed countries to privatise nature.

“Environmentalism is an imperial strategy which quantifies every river, every lake and every natural product and converts it into money,” Morales said in a speech today at the United Nations Rio+20 conference in Rio de Janeiro. “By measuring the utility of nature in money, it colonizes nature. The environmentalism of capitalism is predatory colonialism.”

The Rio+20 conference has gathered 50,000 delegates from 190 nations, including 130 world leaders, to chart a path to eradicate poverty without degrading natural resources.

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