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Posted Mon Apr 19 2010: from BBC:
Bolivian villagers want compensation as glaciers melt
An idea has taken root there - that those who have caused the snow to retreat and the waters to slow should be brought before an international court.... What they want is an international court of environmental justice, an idea that is being pushed by Evo Morales, Bolivia's president. "We are very worried because we have no water. Half the people of this community have already left. Those who remain are struggling with the lack of water," says Max, an elderly Aymara Indian who chews coca leaves as he speaks in heavily-accented Spanish.... "The weather has drastically changed and it is now two or three times hotter than it was. We cannot water our crops and the sun and the heat are very strong. Our crops are dry now, our animals are dying; we want to cry," Max says, before asking their Andean goddess, Pachamama or Mother Earth, for help.
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