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