Copenhagen Climate Conference

Stories from Khapi

The following is a brief introduction to a 7-minute documentary about melting glaciers in Bolivia, which has been sent to Blogactiv by Anders Vang Nielsen at The Democracy Center.

As the world discusses the looming threat of climate change, we must listen to the stories and peoples who have experienced it firsthand. The endangered glacier of Mount Illimani – crucial to the water supply of Bolivia’s largest twin city, La Paz/El Alto, and the source of life to the small indigenous community of Khapi – is slowly vanishing. The stories that the people of Khapi have to tell exemplifies what climate change looks like today and shows us an ancient way of relating to earth – one that presents an alternative to the modern and insustainable development model.

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