In June activists in countries such as the Philippines, Canada and the United States took action to call attention to the findings of a groundbreaking new report. The Stop Trashing the Climate report, written by GAIA, the Institute for Local Self Reliance and Eco-Cycle, provides compelling evidence that preventing waste and expanding reuse, recycling, and composting programs — that is, aiming for zero waste — is one of the fastest, cheapest, and most effective strategies available for combating climate change.
The report documents the link between climate change and unsustainable patterns of consumption and wasting, dispels myths about the climate benefits of landfill gas recovery and waste incineration, outlines policies needed to effect change, and offers a roadmap for how to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions within a short period.
- Stop Trashing the Climate Executive Summary (5.6 MB .pdf)
- Press Release: Trash is Big Climate Problem, New Report Finds (.doc)
- Audio: interview with the report’s authors (.mp3)
- 12 Priority Policies Needed Now (.pdf)
- Fact Sheet: Incinerators Trash Community Health (.pdf)