Hugo Chávez Endorses Hervé Kempf’s Book at Copenhagen

Posted on Friday, December 18th, 2009 at 11:25 am by dpacheco

***Update: Jonathan has posted a translation of this excerpt from the speech in the Comments section. ***

At the international climate talks in Copenhagen this week, Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez railed against capitalism, saying that in order to change the climate we must change the system itself. It is the growth-centric capitalist system that squeezes out true democracy and allows for an iron-fisted global hegemony by a few powerful nations.

He then held up a copy of How the Rich Are Destroying the Earth (Spanish language edition), which was given to him personally by author Hervé Kempf in Copenhagen, and read from the author preface:

To the ecological principle that was so useful at the time we first became aware— “Think globally; act locally”—we must add the principle that the present situation imposes: “Consume less; share better.”

Chávez talks about the book and its conclusions for a full two minutes, beginning at around 5:20. (Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find an English translation of the speech.)

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