Water is life. Countless communities across the world, from Flint, Michigan to the Standing Rock Reservation to the Gualcarque River in Honduras, have used this phrase as a rallying cry against powerful corporations that value profits over the environment and the health of local communities. In 2002, a small group of citizens in El Salvador joined this global community of water defenders when representatives from multinational mining company Pac rim appeared in their home province of Cabañas. This ignited a people’s fight against corporate power that would last for over a decade. In this book, Broad and Cavanagh tell the harrowing, inspiring saga of El Salvador’s fight – and historical victory – to save their water, and their communities, from Big Gold. Their book generates lessons about how those concerned with environmental justice, public health, and democracy can work to transform the political structures that have impoverished and disenfranchised communities.
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