El Salvador made history last week by becoming the first country ever to ban metal mining.
The success of this decades long struggle is proof that people can take on corporate interests and win.
This is the story of how the people of El Salvador took on mining giants.
Mining has a dark history in El Salvador. Years of unregulated, pro-investor policies coupled with rapid industrialization has led to the widespread contamination of rivers and surface water, poisoning people and destroying farm lands.