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Venezuela Combats Severe Drought with New Electricity Rationing Plan

El Guri hydroelectric dam, source of 70% of Venezuela’s power. (El Nacional)

Venezuela implemented new electricity saving measures on Monday in response to a severe drought that has sharply limited the generating capacity of the country’s hydroelectric dams.

 

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Presidents of Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia Talk Climate Change at Second Cochabamba Summit

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (L), Bolivian President Evo Morales (C), and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) greet th

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro arrived in Cochabamba, Bolivia on Monday to take part in the Second World People's Conference on Climate Change and Defense of Life, which began over the weekend.

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Venezuelan Government Creates Ministry of Eco-socialism

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced the creation of the new Ministry of Eco-socialism and Water during his weekly tele

On Tuesday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced the creation of the Ministry of Eco-socialism and Water, which will be tasked with protecting the environment and confronting the threat of climate change.The governments of the Bolivarian Revolution have taken concrete steps to confront the threat of climate change.

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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Demands Action from Developed Countries at UN Climate Talks

While the general agreed upon “danger point” would be a global temperature rise of more than 2 degrees Celsius, many members

VA.com’s Cory Fischer Hoffman writes a special report from the United Nations climate talks in Lima, Peru, describing the reactions of the Venezuelan government and social movements to the attempt to reach a consensus over how to address global warming.

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November Social PreCOP: Changing the System, not the Climate

Members of civil society re-work draft of policy platform generated by the Venezuelan presidency of the Social PreCOP.  (PHOTO:

Over 80 social movement organizations from around the world have converged on Margarita Island, Venezuela this week to discuss and debate climate change policy. 

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"Change the System, Not the Climate!" Voices from the Social PreCOP


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Sitting directly on the coastline, the expropriated Hotel Venetur, formerly the Hilton, was transformed this past week into a site for social movements and government representatives to address climate change policy in preparation for the upcoming United Nations Climate talks (COP20).  Hear the voices of participants in the Social PreCOP and how social movement leaders are shaping the debate on climate change and development.

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Venezuela Hosts International Gathering Ahead of UN Climate Change Summit

Representatives of civil society meet with government ministers to discuss climate change policy at the second social PreCOP mee

Over 80 social movement organizations from around the world have converged on Margarita Island, Venezuela to discuss and debate climate change policy.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Responds to Scathing US Editorials and Blames Capitalism for ‘Environment Collapse’

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro addressing the United Nations 69th General Assembly summit on September 23rd, 2014. (TeleSUR

Ever since Venezuela’s bid for an alternate seat on the United Nations Security Council was anticipated as having unanimous regional support early this month, many wondered when the United States would launch a campaign to tip the country’s odds. Over the weekend, the Washington Post ridiculed president Nicolas Maduro and warned readers that, if elected to council, Venezuela would only “advocate for allies such as Syria, Iran and Cuba.”

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Changing the System, Not the Climate: July Social PreCOP in Venezuela

The preCop on Margarita island began today. (@vencancilleria)

Nathan Thanki reports from Margarita Island, Venezuela, on the South American nation's unique approach in the first ever social preCOP on climate change.

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Before You Go (Or Decide Not to Go) to the PreCOP in Venezuela, Consider This

The Orinoco river. Venezuela is categorised as one of the world’s seventeen “mega bio-diverse” countries (wikipedia.org)

The issue being raised by many of these European and North American activists is that Venezuela is a major oil producer and that attending such an event would lend tacit support to their fossil fuel extraction.  As a Bolivian, I believe the reality is more complex; this piece is my attempt to add nuance, as well as to call out some of the underlying assumptions of my Northern colleagues and allies in the climate fight.

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