Fact Sheet: Inflation Reduction Act

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) channels $270 billion in tax credits for climate investments but raises concerns about incineration—a false solution to waste disposal that could generate 637.7 million tonnes of CO2e emissions over two decades, further harming the environment and disadvantaged communities. This resource highlights the key points of our recent article, including available funds for EJ organizations.

The global plastics treaty presents Africa with a historic opportunity to address the unique challenges the continent faces from the adverse impacts of the full lifecycle of plastics. At its first session, the intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC1), requested the secretariat to prepare, for consideration by the committee at its second session, a document with potential options for elements towards an international legally binding instrument, based on the submissions of member states, to which 14 African countries submitted individual inputs in addition to the African Group submission on what will form the foundational objectives; core obligations, control measures and implementing elements for the global plastics treaty.

O tratado global de plásticos representa, para África, uma oportunidade histórica para enfrentar os desafios únicos que o continente enfrenta devido aos impactos adversos do ciclo de vida completo dos plásticos. Na sua primeira sessão, o Comité Intergovernamental de Negociação (INC1) solicitou à secretaria que preparasse, para consideração do Comité na sua segunda sessão, um documento com possíveis opções de elementos para um instrumento internacional juridicamente vinculativo, com base nas contribuições dos Estados-Membros, para o qual 14 países Africanos enviaram contribuições individuais, além da apresentação do Grupo Africano sobre o que formará os objectivos fundamentais; obrigações essenciais, medidas de controle e elementos de implementação para o tratado global de plásticos.

Mkataba wa kimataifa wa taka plastiki unaipa Afrika fursa ya kihistoria ya kushughulikia changamoto za kipekee ambazo bara linakabili kutokana na athari mbaya za uwepo wa mifumo ya plastiki. Katika kikao chake cha kwanza, kamati ya majadiliano ya mkataba huu (INC1), iliomba sekretarieti kuandaa, kwa kuzingatiwa makubaliano ya kamati kuelekea  kikao chake cha pili, hati yenye vipengele vya msingi vitakavyosaidia kupata mkataba wa kimataifa unaofungamanisha kisheria, kwa kuzingatia uwasilishaji wa nchi zilizo sehemu ya mkataba ambapo  nchi 14 za Kiafrika ziliwasilisha mapenedekezo binafsi ukiachana na mapendekezo jumuishi juu ya malengo ya msingi; majukumu ya msingi, hatua za kudhibiti na kutekeleza mambo kwenye mkataba huu wa plastiki wa kimataifa.

Le traité mondial sur les plastiques offre à l’Afrique une occasion historique de relever les défis uniques auxquels le continent est confronté en raison des effets néfastes du cycle de vie intégral des plastiques. À sa première session, le Comité de négociation intergouvernemental (CNI1) a prié le secrétariat d’établir, pour examen par le Comité à sa deuxième session, un document contenant des options potentielles pour les éléments d’un instrument international juridiquement contraignant, sur la base des communications des États membres, auquel 14 pays africains ont soumis des contributions individuelles en plus de la communication du Groupe africain sur ce qui constituera les objectifs fondamentaux, obligations fondamentales, mesures de contrôle et éléments de mise en œuvre du Traité mondial sur les plastiques.

The global plastics treaty presents Africa with a historic opportunity to address the unique challenges the continent faces from the adverse impacts of the full lifecycle of plastics. At its first session, the intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC1), requested the secretariat to prepare, for consideration by the committee at its second session, a document with potential options for elements towards an international legally binding instrument, based on the submissions of member states, to which 14 African countries submitted individual inputs in addition to the African Group submission on what will form the foundational objectives; core obligations, control measures and implementing elements for the global plastics treaty.

In 2012, the Drakenstein municipality signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Interwaste, a waste management company, to construct a municipal waste incinerator to address the municipalities waste issues.

The resistance to this municipal incinerator involved several key actors, this included the Drakenstein Environmental Watch (DEW), Wellington Association Against the Incinerator (WAAI), groundWork (gW), South African Waste Pickers Association (SAWPA), GAIA, community residents, vulnerable groups that
would have been affected by the project, water experts, engineers and legal clinics were just some of the agents that supported the resistance of the municipal waste incinerator.

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.

This four-part article series “Cultivating Climate Justice” tells the stories of community groups on the frontlines of the pollution, waste and climate crises, working together for systems change. United across six continents, these grassroots groups are defending community rights to clean air, clean water, zero waste, environmental justice, and good jobs. They are all members of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives.