This paper examines three national-level strategies championed by social movement coalitions in El Salvador in order to address the freshwater crisis by challenging its systemic causes. These strategies include: a national ban on metal mining, a constitutional amendment recognizing the human right to water, and a general water law that legally establishes social control of [...]
The world is experiencing a global water crisis. Nearly 800 million people do not have access to safe drinking water and more than 3.5 million people die each year from water-related disease – deaths that would be preventable with access to clean, safe water and sanitation. The Blue Planet Project is part of a global movement that promotes the fundamental truth that “water is life.” We strive for water justice based on the principles that water is a human right, a public trust, and part of the global commons.