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Inspirations from El Salvador
Trees, Toilets, and Transformation
Item#: 94
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Running Time: 28 minutes
G 8-Adult
Merran Smith

 

 

 

 

This is the story of a North American recycling specialist who expects to share his expertise with the citizens of El Salvador, the second most environmentally devastated country in the western hemisphere. Instead he is deeply impressed with the many practical and ingenious methods which the common people are using to reclaim their land, their water, and their forests.

75,000 trees are being planted in the "Forest of Reconciliation" in memory of each person who died in their civil war. This reforestation will help control erosion, provide wildlife habitat, and restore aquifers. Communities are visited where bicycles are employed for pumping water, grinding grain, and compressing air; solar ovens are being used to save firewood; and natural local materials are collected to build houses and compost toilets. The Salvadorans' ideas, insights, and hopeful spirit can be applied anywhere.