Bolivia is this week holding what is billed as the People's World Conference on Climate Change, an alternative to last year's UN climate change summit in Copenhagen.
The meeting has brought together environmental activists, government officials and indigenous people, including these "Macheteros" from eastern Bolivia, to focus on the plight of the world's poorest people.
Foreign delegates have also made their way to Tiquipaya near the city of Cochabamba for the talks that are looking at climate change from the perspective of developing nations.
A key part of the meeting is the focus on the rights of Mother Earth, the Pachamama divinity of indigenous Andean peoples.
Bolivian President Evo Morales, brandishing plastic plates, told the crowd in Tiquipaya that "either capitalism dies or it will be Mother Earth".
Delegates also heard Mr Morales accuse industrialised countries of failing to honour their promises to reverse the damage caused by greenhouse gases.
The meeting in Bolivia has no direct bearing on the UN climate talks but the aim is to draft proposals on issues, such as an international environmental court, to be presented to the UN climate meeting in Mexico later this year.
Those attending the Bolivia meeting say they hope future summits will devote time to those most affected by climate change.
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