Catalyzing a global shift towards environmental justice
GAIA aims to power a transition away from our current linear and extractive economy and towards a circular system that supports people’s right to a safe and healthy environment. This entails fighting pollution and building regenerative solutions in cities through local campaigns, shifts in policy and finance, research and communication initiatives, and movement building. We work on four primary points of intervention: incineration, zero waste, plastic, and climate.
We build climate solutions in cities worldwide by working with community leaders to implement waste and climate action plans that create jobs and reduce emissions throughout the economy. We strengthen the movement for climate justice from the bottom up, and demonstrate the positive climate impacts of zero waste solutions in order to shift policy.
Zero waste is an ethical and effective solution to the current extractive economy driving our climate crisis, founded on the principles of regeneration, respect for nature, and environmental and social justice. GAIA has long been at the forefront of the zero waste revolution, pushing for policies, infrastructure, and programs that not only address the climate crisis through waste reduction strategies, but also contribute to a more equitable and just society.
With international discussions for a global plastic treaty underway, GAIA’s work on plastic is more important than ever. We are pushing for a bold, binding treaty—one that ends plastic pollution across the entire lifecycle of plastics, prevents further harm to our planetary health by dramatically reducing plastic production, and places waste picker rights and environmental justice squarely at its center.
We bolster grassroots campaigns that shut down existing incinerators and other burn technologies, prevent the development of new ones, and support frontline communities organizing against waste and pollution.