Our History

Worldwide, GAIA's members are proving that it is possible to stop incinerators and promote alternatives through a combination of grassroots organizing, strategic alliances, global campaigns, and creative local economic development.

GAIA's founding meeting was held in South Africa in December 2000, with the participation of more than 80 people from 23 countries. Since this meeting, GAIA has grown to include more than 650 members in over 90 countries, and together we have achieved many significant victories.

Founding members identified the invasion of incineration as an immediate and significant health threat in their communities and a major obstacle to resource conservation, sustainable economic development, and environmental justice. Through GAIA, members committed to increased community solidarity and collaboration to achieve their common goal of a just and toxic-free world without incineration.

GAIA’s subsequent global meetings were held in Malaysia in 2003 and the Basque region of Spain in 2007. We have supported four Waste Not Asia strategy sessions, regional meetings in Latin America, Europe, North America, and Africa, and six Global Days of Action, as well as many projects and collective efforts. We have also hosted several Zero Waste Fellowships.

Learn more about our victories, who we are, what we do, and how you can join us in working for a just, toxic-free world without incineration. 

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