• Launch of comic book “Mi comunidad y el Alamar, un río binacional y una comunidad fronteriza” (My community and the Alamar, a binational river and a border community.” 
  • The comic book contains information on the flora and fauna of the Alamar River as well as its important for Tijuana and San Diego

WHAT: Environmental Health Coalition will offer a guided tour through the riparian forest of the Alamar to present the comic “Mi comunidad y el Alamar, un río binacional y una comunidad fronteriza”. The comic was created by a group of youth who live near the river.

The Alamar is a binational river that flows into the Tijuana River Estuary in the city of Imperial Beach. In it, we can find endemic flora such as the Alamo tree, the willow and healing plants such as the yerba mansa, and arnica. We also found animals such as the woodpecker, herons, ducks, opossums, and raccoons, among others.

WHY: The intention of this material is to create awareness of the importance of the remaining natural ecosystems and how to keep them healthy and in turn take advantage of what they have to offer.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 90 percent of the world’s children breathe toxic air daily. In this sense, the Alamar riverside forest represents an important opportunity to mitigate the impact of health due to the proximity to the maquila industry.

WHEN: Saturday, November 17 at 10:00 am.

WHERE: Bosque Ripario del Alamar by colonia 10 de mayo in Tijuana BC. Access through Cortijo Don Luciano:

Interviews will be available in Spanish and English.

Environmental Justice Leaders:

Consultants and experts on environmental issues:

  • Jose Carmelo Zavala (Centro de Innovación Ambiental, CIGA)
  • Ignacio Martínez Luna (Eco Urbe Consultores, S.C.)

Community residents’ testimonies including:

  • Yesenia Palomares
  • Alan Jordan
  • Mónica de la Lanza


Founded in 1980, Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) builds grassroots campaigns to confront the unjust consequences of toxic pollution, discriminatory land use and unsustainable energy policies. Visit online at http://www.environmentalhealth.org.