I am a big fan of the open access movement in academic publishing, both as an academic and also with the core belief that knowledge should be freely accessible. So, I was pleased when just last week I found out that my research into framing of conflict over gold mining in El Salvador is featured in a special open access collection, “Environment through the Lens,” from the Taylor and Francis Environmental Science and Policy publishing group.
The collection explores trending topics in environmental studies through their presentation in culture and literature. My article, “Water Gives Life: Framing an Environmental Justice Movement in the Mainstream and Alternative Salvadoran Press,” originally appeared as part of a special issue of Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture on environmental justice in international contexts.
The full text of the article is available here and the Environment through the Lens collection is available here.
As many of us in the United States, myself included, have been closely following sour economic news here and in Europe, along with the seemingly growing “Occupy” movement, we must not forget that economic security is predicated on ecological security. Such security is lacking in large swaths of the world.
Take El Salvador for example, a country where I have lived and traveled. A tropical depression caused ten days of straight rains between October 10 and 19, dumping more than 55 inches of rain in the region over the span of a week. The country experienced some of the worst rains in its history, worse than those that accompanied Hurricane Mitch in 1998. The storm forced 50,000 people out of their homes, as well as causing 100 deaths, putting the country’s population further at risk.