Category Archives: Defending Natural Resources

Open Letter to the Salvadoran Government asking them to sign the Escazu agreement

The Escazú Agreement, a watershed 2018 United Nations environmental treaty for Latin America and the Caribbean, could mark a dramatic shift in environmental policy for Central America. Despite the deepening climate change-related degradation of the country’s environment and violence against the environmentalists who come to its defense, though, the Bukele administration hasn’t publicly expressed its […]

CRIPDES: challenges of rural communities during the COVID19 pandemic

(EN ESPAÑOL AQUÍ)   CRIPDES held a press conference where they read the following statement:   The Association for the Development of El Salvador (CRIPDES), celebrating its 36th anniversary, maintains its commitment to watch out for the Rights of unprotected and vulnerable people on the rural areas of the country. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated […]

Statement on World Environment Day 2020

The Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), the SHARE Foundation, Voices on the Border and the U.S. – El Salvador Sister Cities Network are releasing the following statement on World Environment Day.     Su versión en español:    

Two pandemics in Jiquilisco

(ARTICULO DE GLENDA GIRON ORIGINALMENTE PUBLICADO EL 26 DE ABRIL DE 2020 POR “SÉPTIMO SENTIDO”)   In developed countries, Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is related to pre-existent conditions, such as diabetes or hypertension. It means that the deterioration of the purifying function of the kidneys comes as a consequence of the previous failure of other […]

Sugarcane industry thriving amid pandemic

DIARIO EL MUNDO reports: Sugar industry achieves record harvest: 17.9 million QQ   The sugar harvest for the 2019-2020 cycle closed with a new record: 827,066.13 metric tons (1,823,368,699.963 pounds). According to data from the Superior Council of the Sugar Agroindustry (CONSAA), the cycle ended with unprecedented results for ground cane and sugar production. Julio […]

The minister of Health regarding the water crisis of January

(ARTÍCULO DE CARMEN ESCOBAR PARA GATOENCERRADO)   The Minister of Health, Ana Orellana Bendeck, was questioned by the Legislative Assembly, on Saturday, February 15th, to explain why the water distributed by the National Administration of Aqueducts and Sewers (ANDA) in San Salvador, arrived with bad taste, pestilent and in some cases even with sediment during […]

Ordenanza ambiental de Tecoluca / Environmental Ordinance in Tecoluca

(EN ESPAÑOL ABAJO)   In 2015, the MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE FOR THE PROTECTION AND CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF TECOLUCA, DEPARTMENT OF SAN VICENTE, was approved. In spite of including articles referring to the distance that must exist between sugarcane plantations and the communities, the strip of one hundred meters of cultivation that […]

Supporting Guajoyo

(EN ESPAÑOL ABAJO)   Last march, the delegation from Austin visited Guajoyo and ran into their annual sad tradition: fighting wildfires. Guajoyo and the neighbor communities got together to fight it without a quick response from firefighters, the municipality of Tecoluca or the Government’s office of civil protection.     This is a reality they […]

The changes we want from the sugarcane industry

The upcoming year Sister Cities, through the Philadelphia Committee and the Climate Change working group, will support initiatives to raise awareness about the link between bad practices in the sugar cane industry, including the use of chemicals such as glyphosate in its production, and the number of people diagnosed with kidney disease and kidney failure. […]

Water and migration, the failed subjects of the popular president Bukele

(Read the original article in spanish here)   The Salvadoran population points out two issues that should be a priority for President Nayib Bukele: serving migrant detainees in the southern United States and improving access and drinking water service. This is revealed by the evaluation survey of the first one hundred days of government conducted […]