In the sterile environment of COP17, the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers called attention to their crucial role as climate change mitigators, demanding a just Green Climate Fund and a stop to the financing of waste-to-energy projects that displace and compete with waste pickers.
After the protest, Payal Parekh, a climate and energy expert, wrote: “Unlike other UN Climate Conferences there have been very few creative actions; in large part due to the fact that actions are permitted in two small areas and UN police are harassing observers for handing out flyers!
Nevertheless there have been two great actions against dirty Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project types, incineration and coal. Yesterday, wastepickers that belong to the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) staged a vibrant action. Read more