Monthly Archives: February 2011

Women at the Forefront of Grassroots Organising

Cristina Reyes, president of the local community council, is working to improve women’s lives. (Photo: Erika Blumenfeld/IPS) CIUDAD ROMERO, El Salvador – Women are playing a leading role in a powerful social movement addressing natural resource protection, adaptation to climate change, and corporate accountability in this coastal village in El Salvador. Cristina Reyes is currently […]

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El Salvador’s environmental crisis

Communities and officials demand that government protect the people from poisonous industries. Boanerge Lovo lives in a subsistence community on Isla de Monte Cristo near the central coast of El Salvador. His community is self-sustaining and relies on fish, crab, and growing cashews for its survival. Lovo is president of his community development association, a […]

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“We’re Poisoned. We’re Sick.”

Gulf Coast residents protesting the lack of adequate response from BP or the government to health and environmental risks. (Photo: Erika Blumenfeld) Residents who live along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, all the way from Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, to well into western Florida, continue to tell me of acute symptoms they attribute to […]

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Climate: Putting people over money

Facing climate change, a social movement in El Salvador fights mass flooding and the toxic burning of cane fields. Burning sugar cane field in the Lower Lempa region of El Salvador for industrial-scale production [Photo: Erika Blumenfeld] While debate about whether climate change is real or not continues in the US, the world’s leading producer […]

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