Yes We Can! Win Climate Justice!

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, a network of over 800 organizations from 90+ countries.

Part 1: These Workers in São Paulo, Brazil Are Marching Toward Zero Waste

The recycling workers of Brazil have long been a powerful force in protecting their communities and the climate. Now they are on the forefront of a nationwide movement for zero waste. Read more…

Part 2: Our Governments Won’t Lead on Climate Change. So We Will.

In 2013, Super Typhoon Yolanda swept through the Philippines, killing more than 6,000 people and destroying the homes of many more. Following the typhoon, survivors in impacted communities in the Philippines came together in a deep expression of solidarity to help each other rebuild their homes and lives. Using only reclaimed materials—remains of their homes and other disaster debris—residents of the municipalities of Bantayan and Madridejos worked together to reconstruct their neighborhoods, one house at a time. Read more…

Part 3: A Tale of Two Cities

Residents of both Boston and Detroit worked from the ground up to develop growing community solutions to their waste problems. Boston’s Cooperative Energy, Recycling and Organics (CERO) works with businesses to separate out materials that can be recovered, then collects the waste and delivers it to be recycled or returned to the soil as compost. In 2014, Zero Waste Detroit helped launch a curbside recycling program citywide after the city finally got out from under a stifling contract with the city incinerator. Read more…

Part 4: Sometimes, Zero Waste Looks Like a Flash Mob. Sometimes, It Looks Like Dirt.

When city officials in Hernani, Spain announced plans for two new incinerators, they incited a flash mob. It was the beginning of a recycling revolution. Read more…

This four-part series is produced by the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) and Other Worlds.

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