Our Work

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 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.

Zero Waste

We advocate for mainstream adoption of zero waste systems in cities and municipalities, and support successful zero waste plans and programs as well as our members who engage in city processes. We shift policy and finance towards demonstrable zero waste solutions in national, regional, and global policy spaces.


We support powerful grassroots movements to fight plastic pollution at its source, help cities adopt plastic reduction solutions, and secure policies that reduce production and consumption of single-use plastics around the world.

Climate Action

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.

Our network’s track record of success demonstrates the power of grassroots solutions to protect our planet and advance the rights and wellbeing of all communities, especially those who are most vulnerable to the impact of pollution and exploitation.