How Local, Grassroots Organizing Drove El Salvador’s Mining Ban

By: Yevgeniya Yatsenko and Sebastian Rosemont  Posted on

Amid a natural gas boom, could U.S. activists ever dream of a national ban on fracking? If it seems impossible, they should look to the south for inspiration.

On March 29, the small Central American nation of El Salvador passed a total ban on metal mining. The historic vote on the law was unanimous, bridging strong partisan divides, and was the culmination of more than a decade of activism, coalition building, and direct political participation by the people of El Salvador.

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