Waste-to-Energy on ADB’s Energy Policy Working Paper

We, the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) and our allied networks, are writing to state our unequivocal opposition to the continued support of the Asian Development Bank on waste incinerators with energy recovery or waste-to-energy (WTE). The...

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Meet Our Members – The Ecowaste Coalition

The EcoWaste Coalition: A Formidable Coalition of Environment and Social Justice Advocates Interview with Aileen Lucero by Dan Abril     Discussing environment groups in the Philippines would not be complete without putting the spotlight on the EcoWaste Coalition....

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Climate education, for a better tomorrow

Zero Waste Tunisia (ZWT) believes that environmental education, more specifically climate education, is essential to mitigate climate change and ensure a sustainable future. Ignoring climate change and keeping the ‘business as usual’ approach has caused irreversible changes to our world, which we have witnessed over the past century. It is time to think and act differently!

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Resilience in the midst of turbulent circumstances:

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) experienced a resurgence of infections and dramatic loss of human life, as a result of a third wave that colossally hit many Africa countries in the past months.

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GAIA Asia Pacific is hiring! Zero Waste Cities Program Officer

Zero Waste Cities Program Officer The Zero Waste Cities Program Officer will lead and oversee the advancement of Zero Waste solutions across the Asia Pacific region, and work with members and partners in the region to highlight and mainstream Zero Waste solutions to...

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On the front lines of zero waste islands – ’Taka ni mali designers’

At least eight million tons of plastic ends up in our oceans every year. Floating plastic debris is currently the most abundant item of marine litter. To address this plastic menace, the Centre for Environmental Justice and Development (CEJAD) has partnered with the Wasini Island and Shimoni community to establish a demonstration centre for plastic reuse, recovery, and recycling.

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Break Free from Single Use Plastic

Zero Waste events - One of the best ways to beat plastic pollution at an organizational and community level Contributed by Abishek Pradhan (Zero Waste Himalaya) A report by the United Nations Environment Program says, 'Around the world, one million plastic...

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Meet Our Members – Zéro Déchet Sénégal

Zéro Déchet Sénégal Interview with Farima Tidjani, Zéro Déchet Sénégal’s Vice President of International Relations Brief history of Zéro Déchet Sénégal? The organization was formally established in March 2018, by Charlotte Spinazé (former president of Zéro Déchet...

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ADB draft energy policy

The ADB plays a critical role in this historic period of greater need for development finance in the transition to a green, just and resilient future for the region. As ADB and governments are pursuing COVID-19-related stimulus and recovery initiatives, it...

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Achieving Climate Justice and Ocean Health with Education

The Green Africa Youth Organisation (GAYO) and the Centre for Coastal Management (CCM) joined the rest of the world to commemorate World Oceans Day, on the 8th of June 2021, with a call on individuals, organisations, industries and world leaders to protect world oceans.

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Meet Our Members – Instituto Polis

Instituto Polis, Brazil: Defending the Right to the City The Polis Institute - Institute for Studies, Training and Advice on Social Policies - was created in 1987 by a group of civil society institutions, leaders of popular movements and organisations to promote local...

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Meet Our Members – Aotearoa Plastic Pollution Alliance

The Aotearoa Plastic Pollution Alliance Bringing the arts, the sciences, and Zero Waste advocacy into harmony Interview with Liam Prince by Sonia Astudillo and Dan Abril Troubled by mounting plastic waste, Liam Prince, a music major and jazz artist -...

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Meet Our Members – Center for Environmental Solutions

Center for Environmental Solutions Interview with Maria Suma by Rossella Recupero   Hi Maria, can you give us a brief introduction to Center for Environmental Solutions‘s focus? The Center for Environmental Solution (CES) mission is to promote an environmentally...

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Seven Key Solutions to Landfill Methane

A new United Nations report shows that we must tackle methane emissions to keep planetary warming under control. Methane is a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, and much of it comes from organic waste in landfills. The good news is that we can...

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What Can You Do about Climate Change? Look to your Trash Bin

By Dr. Neil Tangri, Science and Policy Director, GAIA Good news is hard to come by on the climate change front these days, but the massive new Global Methane Assessment has some, if you squint just right. As greenhouse gases go, methane doesn’t get as much attention...

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Press Statement on ADB Energy Policy draft

12 May 2021 The Global Alliance on Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) Asia Pacific welcomes the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) rapid phaseout of coal towards a low-carbon transition in the region, as stated in its draft Energy Policy. It is a victory for...

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Italy and the EU must take back waste dumped in Tunisia Now

Environmental groups: further delay is unacceptable Photo credits: Réseau Tunisie Verte Tunis, Rome and Brussels, 3 May 2021 – Forty-four Tunisian, Italian, European and international environmental groups have demanded today that Italian Prime Minister...

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Voices from the Ground

by Sherma E Benosa The 2021 International Zero Waste Cities Conference (IZWCC) was vastly different from previous versions not only because the conference was conducted online, but more importantly, we managed to put on the centerstage the very people who are doing...

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Building Alliances to End Plastic Pollution in Kenya

Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental challenges of this century. In response to this, the Centre for Environmental Justice and Development (CEJAD) hosted various stakeholders in the waste management sector to form a unified stance on plastic pollution elimination.

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One Step Forward in the Fight for Racial Justice

The conviction of Derek Chauvin will not bring George Floyd back to life, nor will it ensure justice for countless other black and brown people killed at the hands of police. It does not mean that the fight for racial justice is won. But it is one step...

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The folly of waste-to-energy incineration

By: Kert Tandog - @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 04:04 AM March 31, 2021 As the Philippines grapples with plastic pollution, lawmakers are proposing Waste-to-Energy (WTE) incineration as the panacea to the waste crisis. In the Senate, the WTE...

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In contrast to polluting approaches like “waste-to-energy” incinerators and landfills, since 2004, Rwanda began a process of carrying out national bans to reduce the consumption and manufacturing of single-use plastic in the country.

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Meet the Zero Waste bloggers from Indonesia

Contributed by Ismail Rayadi, YPBB Bandung The COVID-19 pandemic has put on hold community activities under the Zero Waste Cities Program in Bandung. Limited movements in the city, however, did not stop us from doing public outreach, particularly to people...

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Meet Our Members – Zero Waste Maldives

Zero Waste Maldives Turning the Zero Waste vision into reality   Interview with Ahmed Afrah Ismail by Sonia G. Astudillo   The vision started when as a kid, he wanted to plant trees and study Environmental Science to help save the environment. “As I grew a bit older,...

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New MRF in Tanzania – a beacon of hope to vulnerable communities

The investment in zero waste systems has shown countless advantages, to create sustainable green jobs, reduce pollution and protect the health of people. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating impact on our communities, we are in need of systems that restore and improve the livelihoods of our people.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

Across the African continent, women encounter similar obstacles, despite their different walks of life. Themes of unequal opportunities for women within educational and professional spaces; the exclusion of women in decision making positions; discriminatory stereotypes on the subservient role of women; as well as the unjust marginalisation of women based on their race, religion and class are some of the common experiences women share across borders.

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Illegal Shipments of Italian Municipal Waste to Tunisia

Italy's shipments of municipal waste to Tunisia in 2020 shine a spotlight on persisting abuses in the global trade in plastic and other waste. In particular, this scandal highlights the role of problematic EU waste code 19 12 12 in these illegal...

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Meet Our Members – Consumers’ Association of Penang

Consumers’ Association of Penang, giving value for the people Interview with Mageswari Sangaralingam by Sonia G. Astudillo “High powered advertising and the aggressive campaign by transnational companies to ensure that the imported consumer culture penetrates and...

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Inclusive Recovery IWPD Press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 01 March, 2021 On International Waste Pickers’ Day, Report Shows that Cities That Partner with Informal Recyclers Create Good Jobs, Help the Climate , and Save Money. Working with Waste Pickers is Essential to an Inclusive Economic Recovery.

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Environmental matters makes waves in Zambia

In an effort to educate and empower communities in Zambia, the Citizen’s Environmental and Social Concern (CESCo) has established a weekly radio programme that aims to unpack a range of environmental topics.

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Zero Waste Alliance Ukraine

Zero Waste Alliance Ukraine Interview with Anastasiia Martynenko by Rossella Recupero   Hi Anastasiia, can you give us a brief introduction to Zero Waste Alliance Ukraine‘s focus? Our Alliance was registered at the beginning of 2019 by three NGOs: Zero Waste Kharkiv,...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 16 February 2021   New Study: Zero Waste Systems Creates up to 200 Times More Jobs than Landfills and Incinerators  Zero Waste Found to Be a Key Strategy to Build Strong, Sustainable Economies 15 February 2021– A new study from GAIA finds that...

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International Zero Waste Cities Conference 2021

Zero Waste challenges the “take-make-waste” mode, focusing on collective responsibility and waste prevention. To date, more than 25 cities across the region have established Zero Waste models, showcasing innovations in source separation, organics...

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South African Waste Pickers Association (SAWPA)

  South African Waste Pickers Association (SAWPA) Interview with Simon Mbata by Carissa Marnce Simon Mbata is the National Coordinator for the South African Waste Pickers Association (SAWPA). He is based at the Vaalpark Recycling Centre in Sasolburg, South Africa,...

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Meet Our Members – Korea Zero Waste Movement Network

Korea Zero Waste Movement Network Showing the world that Zero Waste is possible Interview with the Korea Zero Waste Movement Network team The Korea Zero Waste Movement Network started with 31 grassroots organizations in Seoul way back in 1997. It has then...

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Founding Member: Verónica Odriozola

  20 years ago this month, a group of fiercely dedicated activists from across the globe had a vision: to create a cross-regional, grassroots network to stop the threat of incineration and build a just, zero waste future. Over the course of December, we will be...

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Founding Member: Annie Leonard

  20 years ago this month, a group of fiercely dedicated activists from across the globe had a vision: to create a cross-regional, grassroots network to stop the threat of incineration and build a just, zero waste future. Over the course of December, we will be...

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Miembros Fundadores: Annie Leonard

Este mes, hace 20 años, un grupo de activistas provenientes de diferentes partes del mundo tuvieron una visión común: crear una red de base interregional para detener la amenaza de la incineración y construir un futuro justo y sin residuos. A lo largo de este mes de...

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Stories of Resilience During Lockdown

Contributed by Junaid ul Shafi and Nalini Shekar of Hasiru Dala (India) The pandemic has shattered the livelihoods and lives of millions of people across the globe.  Established states and systems are still trembling with the jolts pandemic gave to their...

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Founding Member: Shahriar Hossain, ESDO

  20 years ago this month, a group of fiercely dedicated activists from across the globe had a vision: to create a cross-regional, grassroots network to stop the threat of incineration and build a just, zero waste future. Over the course of December, we will be...

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Founding Member: Huub Scheele, ZWE

  20 years ago this month, a group of fiercely dedicated activists from across the globe had a vision: to create a cross-regional, grassroots network to stop the threat of incineration and build a just, zero waste future. Over the course of December, we will be...

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Sustainable Finance IPR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3 December, 2020   Zero Waste Circular Economy: ‘game-changer’ for Sustainable Finance, experts say  European Commission has opened a public consultation on Sustainable Finance Taxonomy until December 18 Brussels, Belgium– Zero Waste Europe...

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Working towards a plastic-free Nigeria

The African continent is urbanising rapidly, and with that reality has come the very urban challenge of dealing with plastic waste. For countries like Nigeria, plastic pollution from multinational brand corporations is having a detrimental impact on the environmental health of citizens.

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Founding Member: Bobby Peek, groundWork, South Africa

  20 years ago this month, a group of fiercely dedicated activists from across the globe had a vision: to create a cross-regional, grassroots network to stop the threat of incineration and build a just, zero waste future. Over the course of December, we will be...

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Meet Our Members – Zero Waste Japan

Zero Waste Japan The new Zero Waste group on the block Interview with Mitsuhisa Okuno by Sonia G. Astudillo When we hear of Japan, we envision clean cities, picturesque scenery, and disciplined citizens. Not much has been said about the Zero Waste movement...

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The journey to enforcing DRC’s plastic ban

The issue of plastic pollution is one of our most pressing environmental issues and calls for radical policies to be implemented by governments to solve this crisis. Determined to follow in the footsteps of other pioneering African countries, the Centre for Human Rights & Governance convened a plastic ban gathering with individuals from the ministry of environment, ministry of industry, ministry of commerce, private sector federations, educational bodies and civil society organisations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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This is How We Roll: Waste Collection Vehicles in Asia

Check out GAIA AP’s 1st virtual exhibit, This is how we roll: waste collection vehicles in Asia. It highlights decentralized waste collection systems in India, Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam. This is how we roll: Waste collection vehicles in Asia is...

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Going Zero Waste in Denpasar

Contributed by Ni Putu Bella Yuliana Dewi and Catur Yudha Hariani, PPLH Bali (Denpasar, Indonesia) We live in a time where people are encouraged to buy and consume goods wrapped in disposable single-use plastics in the name of convenience. In this...

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ZERO, Portugal

ZERO, Portugal Interview with Susana Fonseca by Rossella Recupero   Hi Susana, can you give us a brief introduction to ZERO’s focus? ZERO – Association for the Sustainability of the Earth System is a Portuguese environmental NGO created at the end of 2015. Our...

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Virtual Member Engagement Sessions

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the harsh realities of the unjust world that we live in. Despite these challenges, the GAIA has been in a fortunate position to play a role in connecting people across borders, to show the value of having global solidarity and working together as a movement. While the pandemic may have limited our physical movement in meeting with people and conducting exchanges, it does not mean that the learning has to stop. 

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Meet Our Members – Aliansi Zero Waste Indonesia

Aliansi Zero Waste Indonesia Tapping its members expertise for a good cause, always for a good cause Interview with Nindhita Proboretno and A. Vancher Dipatiukur by Sonia G. Astudillo Whenever we meet our members from Indonesia, I am always in awe.  At...

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Meet Our Members – DLR Prerna

Darjeeling Ladenla Road (DLR) Prerna Inspiring people to go beyond the broom and the dustbin   Interview with Roshan Rai by Sonia G. Astudillo Prerna means inspiration.  Established in 1993, DLR Prerna sought to figure out what autonomy means for the...

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GAYO launches campus eco-clubs

In an age where environmental issues such as desertification and a shortage of water and food supply are becoming more pressing, groups like Ghana’s Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO) are at the forefront to find solutions to these challenges through environmental education.

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Meet Our Members – Go Green OC

Go Green OC Composting Comes to Ocean City, MD   A Conversation with Josh Chamberlain, Founder of Go Green OC Tell us how your organization came to be.  We started on Earth Day, 2018. Our focus is primarily Ocean City, Maryland, with goals of re-introducing recycling...

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Zero Waste dreams in Hoi An

By Le Thi Trang, GreenViet Biodiversity Conservation Centre (GreenViet) Hoi An City and Cu Lao Cham Island have  been well known for starting the first plastic-free movement in VietNam in 2009. Its slogans such as “Cu Lao Cham Says No to Plastic Bags” and...

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Winning the war on waste

Photo blog contributed by Merci Ferrer, War or Waste (WOW) Negros Oriental Preventing the creation of waste is first and foremost in waste management.  In 2018, War on Waste (WOW) Negros Oriental mobilized groups and submitted petitions, urging the city...

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Meet Our Members – Greeners Action

Greeners Action, Hong Kong From a school organization to a national environment frontliner Interview with Angus Ho by Sonia G. Astudillo Hong Kong has been on the news of late due to the political unrest happening in the city and most recently the COVID-19...

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Kenya’s Coastal Women for Zero Waste

In the coastal area of Old Town Mombasa Kenya, 40 female artisans were given an opportunity to partake in a pilot project developed by the Centre for Environment Justice and Development (CEJAD), in partnership with Kisiwani Conservation Network to reduce marine plastic pollution.

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Celebrating Nelson Mandela Day

The 18th of July 2020 is celebrated as International Mandela Day, this year marks the 11th anniversary since the day was declared by the United Nations in 2009. People across the world are encouraged to commemorate Mandela’s legacy by spending 67 minutes doing charitable activities, in remembrance of Mandela’s 67 years fighting for social justice.

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Sachets fuel plastic waste crisis in the Philippines

New GAIA report exposes big problems in small packets  Quezon City, Philippines (July 14, 2020) —New findings and recommendations for companies and policymakers to address the onslaught of plastic sachet waste were revealed in a new report, SACHET ECONOMY:...

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Back to Basics

Multinational companies have been flooding the Philippines with plastic sachets, uprooting traditional packaging and delivery systems. It’s time to go back to what works.  By Sherma Benosa, Knowledge Management Officer, GAIA Asia Pacific Glaiza Lee, a writer in her...

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Meet Our Members – CSARO

Community Sanitation and Recycling Organization (CSARO) Cambodia Bringing waste pickers and the community together Interview with Heng Yonkora by Sonia G. Astudillo When we think of Cambodia, we think of temples, old civilizations, and Tomb Raider.  Unknown to many,...

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Plastic Task Force: new citizen muscles in Kerala

Contributed by Sangeetha Pradeep, Thanal Zero-Waste team, Thrissur On September 19, 2019, 110 youth volunteers from the nine coastal districts of Kerala formed the Plastic Task Force.  Just like friends from the larger Break Free From Plastic movement, they dream of...

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Zero Zbel Academy II

By Carissa Marnce, GAIA Africa Communications Officer The Coronavirus pandemic has led to many in-person learning activities around the world being postponed. However, Zero Zbel of Morocco has managed to overcome this obstacle through hosting an online...

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Meet Our Members – Zero Waste British Columbia

Zero Waste British Columbia Working Together for System Change    Interview with Sue Maxwell by Claire Arkin How was Zero Waste British Columbia founded?  Zero Waste BC has been around since 2008. It was formed by a group of people committed to zero waste who were...

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Meet Our Members – ESDO

Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO) Bangladesh Harvesting ideas and securing a better home for all Interview with Siddika Sultana by Sonia G. Astudillo Best known to be the 1st NGO in the world to push for plastic shopping bag ban in Bangladesh way...

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Waste Picker Exchange in Kenya

Waste Pickers hold skill exchange in Kenya By Carissa Marnce, GAIA Africa Communications Officer From social stigmatization to exploitation from the private sector, Waste Pickers face many challenges in their line of work. Determined to prevail over these challenges,...

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Our Care for Waste Workers

Contributed by Iwut Wulandari, YPBB - Indonesia Who makes sure your home's waste is managed, so you don't have to litter or burn trash that can produce toxic gases that are harmful to you? It is the waste workers. They make sure that our waste is collected and, even...

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Learn by the nugget – AP webinars

Learn by the nuggets GAIA Asia Pacific webinar series Learn by the nuggets: GAIA AP webinar/webshop series Learn by the nuggets webinar series features the work of GAIA members, and offers a deep dive on the latest reports and campaigns. This webshop series takes...

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Meet Our Members – AEEFG

Association de l’Education Environnementale pour les Futures Générations (AEEFG) Interview with Semia Gharbi by Carissa Marnce Semia Gharbi is an environmental science and management expert, she is also an educator who specialized in Life Sciences and Geology. As...

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COVID heroes from India

Videos by Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group At the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, Chintan responded by raising funds to help waste pickers in Delhi, India.  They distributed over 2000+ ration kits in 23 worst hit areas of Delhi, reaching...

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GAIA Asia Pacific in the time of COVID-19

GAIA AP in the time of Covid-19 The COVID-19 pandemic while revealing the ugly truth about social structures and injustices has also revealed the kindness in many people's hearts and the sense of community to extend help to those in need.  Once again we are reminded...

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Waste workers in the frontline

Contributed by Suchismita Pai, SWaCH Outreach Quit your work or move, when faced with this tough option, Anjana Ghorke chose to move rather than quit. In these times of the Corona Virus when most of us are afraid to move outside our homes and have work-from-home...

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Fondo Solidario de Emergencia

FONDO SOLIDARIO DE EMERGENCIA  A medida que el COVID-19 se propaga a través de nuestras comunidades, se hace más evidente que los peligros que este virus representa no nos impactarán a todas/os por igual   Algunas y algunos de nosotros podemos quedarnos en casa sin...

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