Space for Waste Pickers in Solid Waste Management

A meeting of waste pickers from around the world was held in April of 2012 in India. Participants with common experiences were able to share their successes, strategies, challenges, ideas, and mutual support. This video highlights what was learned.

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The Green Climate Fund and community control

The Green Climate Fund is a new, global institution which is supposed to channel billions of dollars to support climate adaptation and mitigation in developing countries. But it is critically important that communities retain control of which projects get funded.

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Celebrating Community: GAIA 10 Report Offers Snapshots of First Decade

GAIA’s first decade ended in December 2010—and we spent 2011 putting together stories and images to share a snapshot of the alliance’s collective work.

GAIA’s values include taking the time to appreciate one another and to celebrate our success and work together. We hope this report, “GAIA 10: 10 Years of Community Action for Zero Waste Solutions,” will be an opportunity for collective reflection and celebration.

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Toxic Scandal, Toxic Threat and Environmental Racism

Greenaction has been working with the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and local community groups to build public opposition to SunEnergy LLC’s proposal for a toxic incinerator technology that is being proposed for a low income, community of color that is already burdened with a legacy of toxic industrial pollution and climate change impacts.

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CDM: Financing the Demise of Waste Worker Livelihood, Community Health, and Climate

Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) funding for incineration and landfills currently represents a lost opportunity to reduce pollution and help improve the welfare and standards of living of some of the poorest people in the world. Additionally, this funding incentivizes the destruction of valuable resources that would otherwise have been recovered with significant climate benefits. The following are a few examples of waste projects that have been approved or are being considered for CDM approval, and where there is growing community and waste worker opposition to the project.

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Wasting the Nation: Making Trash of People and Places

This report by groundWork with forward by Annie Leonard, presents a detailed account of the world’s waste problems today, the people that are affected the most, and the strategies that are needed in order to address the major health and environmental justice issues that increase daily.

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A Community Guide to Environmental Health

This highly illustrated guide from the Hesperian Foundation helps health promoters, development workers, environmental activists, and community leaders take charge of their environmental health.

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