Community Power for Zero Waste Solutions

This week was resounding proof that communities have the power to build zero waste solutions.

Dozens of GAIA members and friends gathered for an Organic Waste Treatment training in Spain. The training included groups and policy makers from all over Europe as well as representatives from international groups like SAWPA - South Africa Waste Pickers Association and the China Zero Waste Alliance.

GAIA members and allies participated in dozens of actions across six continents to celebrate our annual Global Day of Action with Reclaim Power, “Reclaim Community Power for Zero Waste Solutions.” They protested incinerators, led zero waste skillshares, participated in public debates, canvassed local businesses, published articles, and more.

Led by the EcoWaste Coalition in the Philippines, some 100 zero waste advocates from various organizations, flocked to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to demand the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) to drop plans that stubbornly push for WTE incineration that violates the very law the commission is mandated to promote, at the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.

Magdalena Donoso, our Latin America Coordinator, says, “Waste is like all other things that humans create: it can be a source of struggle, contamination, and desolation, or an opportunity for creation.”

This week, we were humbled by the creativity and inspiration that our members brought to the fight to build solutions to waste and create a just and sustainable world.

SPAIN

In Spain, GAIA and our members organized an Organic Waste Treatment training in Hernani, a panel discussion in Montcada, and an all-day workshop in Barcelona. The events were sponsored by Ecologistes de Cataluyna, CEPA, APQUIRA, CAPS, and AVV Montcada Can Sant Joan. Friends of the Earth in Spain also released a report on the power of composting to combat climate change.

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Members gathered for a zero waste talk in Montcada

 

Dozens of GAIA members and friends gathered for an Organic Waste Treatment training in Spain. The training included groups and policy makers from all over Europe as well as representatives from international groups like SAWPA - South Africa Waste Pickers Association and the China Zero Waste Alliance.
Dozens of GAIA members and friends gathered for an Organic Waste Treatment training in Spain. The training included groups and policy makers from all over Europe as well as representatives from international groups like SAWPA – South Africa Waste Pickers Association and the China Zero Waste Alliance.

ITALY

In Italy members of GAIA and Zero Waste Italy held actions in more than 12 cities, including conferences, public debates, outdoor events, and a movie screenings.

Members of Zero Waste Italy in Viterbo gave a green ribbon to companies with the best zero waste practices.
Members of Zero Waste Italy in Viterbo gave a green ribbon to companies with the best zero waste practices
Activists from Zero Waste Reggio Calabria gather for the Day of Action.
Activists from Zero Waste Reggio Calabria gather for the Day of Action.

AUSTRALIA

In Australia, the National Toxics Network released 10 reasons why burning waste for energy is a bad idea, which successfully debunks some dangerous myths around waste burning.

PHILIPPINES

In the Philippines, some 100 zero waste advocates flocked the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources to protest an incinerator plan. Others went to the Court of Appeals carrying a symbolic coffin to express their grief over new plans to build a landfill, and to ask for justice. The actions were led by EcoWaste Coalition and members of OKAPI and other Obandenos.

Led by the EcoWaste Coalition in the Philippines, some 100 zero waste advocates from various organizations, flocked to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to demand the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) to drop plans that stubbornly push for WTE incineration that violates the very law the commission is mandated to promote, at the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.
Led by the EcoWaste Coalition in the Philippines, some 100 zero waste advocates from various organizations, flocked to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to demand the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) to drop plans that stubbornly push for WTE incineration that violates the very law the commission is mandated to promote, at the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.
Zero waste and climate justice advocacy network EcoWaste Coalition together with members of Obando Kami ay Para sa Iyo (OKAPI) and other Obandeños rushed to the Court of Appeals carrying a symbolic coffin to plead for environmental justice to express extreme grief over the CA decision favoring the continued construction of a landfill in the Manila Bay-Obando area and to demand due justice.
Zero waste and climate justice advocacy network EcoWaste Coalition together with members of Obando Kami ay Para sa Iyo (OKAPI) and other Obandeños rushed to the Court of Appeals carrying a symbolic coffin to plead for environmental justice to express extreme grief over the CA decision favoring the continued construction of a landfill in the Manila Bay-Obando area and to demand due justice.

EL SALVADOR

In El Salvador, Friends of the Earth El Salvador – CESTA organized a march organized a march for victims of climate change and corporate greed. Participants protested waste burning, especially for hazardous waste.

Friends of the Earth El Salvador- CESTA organized a march for victims of climate change and corporate greed.
Friends of the Earth El Salvador- CESTA

 

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United States

In the United States, GAIA members from around the world participated in a Zero Waste Study tour in Northern California, visiting the city’s waste transfer station and compost facility run by Recology, attending a talk by John Wick of the Marin Carbon Project, and meeting with a recycling worker union organizer. Meanwhile in Colorado, members of EcoCycle visited local businesses to thank them for recycling–or asked them to do more.

GAIA members and allies visited the Recology waste transfer station in San Francisco.
GAIA members and allies visited the Recology waste transfer station in San Francisco.
John Wick of the Marin Carbon Project discusses the potential of composting to curb and reverse climate change.
Members of EcoCycle in Colorado deliver a "Thank you for recycling" card to Boulder Valley Credit Union.
Members of EcoCycle in Colorado deliver a “Thank you for recycling” card to Boulder Valley Credit Union.

 

 

 

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