Community Organizing and Climate Disasters: Hope from El Salvador
14th & V | Langston | May 16,2012 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
COME VISIT WITH A NEWLY-ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE FROM EL SALVADOR, AND 
HEAR INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE AND RURAL ENGAGEMENT.

Local communities are on the frontlines of climate change, especially those in the coastal regions of the world.  

Government neglect of the rural sector, rising sea levels and flooding due to increasing extreme weather events threaten their existence.  Livelihoods are lost, food insecurity has increased and people are forced to migrate to cities or abroad.  

Unable to wait for U.S. actors to finish the debate on whether climate change is real or not, local actors in El Salvador are taking action.  Farmer movements like the Mangrove Association and La Coordinadora have catalyzed community responses to repeated flooding in Central America's most vulnerable flood plain in the Lower Lempa River Basin, including electing government officials to office. 

Walberto Gallegos, Program Director for the Mangrove Association, works daily to foster a culture of risk management throughout all aspects of community 
development. In El Salvador, The Mangrove Association and La Coordinadora are working with small farmers and government officials to increase food security, while promoting viable local growing models that can cool the planet and reduce out-migration.
Community based actions have also included electing Estela Hernández (of the FMLN) to represent the Lower Lempa in the National Assembly last March. Representative Hernández will represent La Coordinadora in El Salvador´s National Assembly and serve on the Environment and Climate Change Commission.

PLEASE JOIN US FOR AN IN-DEPTH CONVERSATION WITH ESTELA AND WALBERTO! 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT NATHAN WELLER AT nathan@eco-viva.org

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