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Category: Climate Change


Clean stations, green stations: Chintan and Safai Sena celebrate Earth Day

Chintan in partnership with the Indian Railways is celebrating Earth Day on April 22nd, 2014 at the New Delhi Railway Station.

photo - huichapan cement kiln

Case study from GAIA and Revuelta Verde – CDM proposal to burn waste in Mexico

The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) and Revuelta Verde recently released a report on the struggle against waste incineration in cement factories in Mexico. The United Nations´ Clean Development Mechanism (carbon trading scheme) could approve a proposal for a UK-based company to incinerate waste in a cement kiln in Huichapan

Slideshow: Global Alliance of Waste Pickers in Durban – COP17

The Global Alliance of Waste Pickers and Allies came together at COP17 to offer community-based solutions to climate change and stop climate finance being driven to dirty waste-to-...

“No to dirty CDM” by Payal Parekh (in Spanish & English)

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

Slideshow & Videos – Waste Pickers featured on Climate Change Studio at COP17

On the last day of COP17, Suman More and Sushila Sabale of India, Neil Tangri, with GAIA, and Nomacebo Mbayo and Simon Mbata, of the South African Waste Pickers’ Association,...

Slideshow – The Global Alliance of Waste Pickers make their voices heard at COP17

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 a...

Video – “While indecision reigned” (Down to Earth)

Do not support companies that burn waste, said the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers at a protest demonstration during the COP17 at Durban.

“Recyclage local contre multinationales: la guerre des déchets aura-t-elle lieu?” (Basta Mag)

DURBAN – 3 à 5 % des émissions mondiales de gaz à effet de serre sont liées au secteur des déchets. Le travail mené par les récupérateurs et recycleurs contribue à r...

Report from Brazil

Magdalena Donoso, Latin American Coordinator for GAIA BRASÍLIA – From the point of view of our interest as organizations that fight against incineration, just talking about ...

Movimiento y Articulación: La Esperanza de Brasil en Materia de Residuos

Magdalena Donoso, Coordinación Latinoamericana de GAIA

Brasilia, diciembre 2011

waste pickers gather in brasilia for hearingDesde el punto de vista de nuestro interés como organizaciones que luchan contra la incineración, basta instalarse a hablar sobre la Ley Nacional de Residuos Sólidos de Brasil, ratificada en agosto del año pasado, para abordar ampliamente lo negativo y desgastador que ha sido el Artículo 9 de la Ley, que abrió la puerta a esa industria.

“Indian recyclers lose jobs to green economy” (Climate Change Media Partnership)

DURBAN - The big red bindi, the green glass bangles and the colorful sari notwithstanding, Suman More appears frail, tired and a little overwhelmed by all the hustle and bustle ar...

“Down to Zero” (The Rainbow Inside)

DURBAN – Visit any dump site or landfill in the developing world and you will see people picking through the waste, alongside flocks of birds doing the same. Most of us who l...

“Cut out the middlemen, say waste pickers” (SOWETAN live)

DURBAN - Representatives of the organisation demonstrated yesterday outside Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli convention centre where the COP17 climate talks are being held. Th...

“Wastepickers given the cold shoulder outside ICC” (The Mercury)

DURBAN –  An NGO which was prohibited from displaying placards that had not been pre-approved on the sidelines of the COP17 talks believe that their right to freedom of spee...

“Thousands March at U.N. Climate Summit in Durban to Demand Climate Justice” (Democracy Now!)

DURBAN - We are broadcasting this week from Durban, South Africa, where critical talks on fighting climate change have entered their second week. Key issues at the United Nations ...

“Waste Pickers Clean Up Our Mess on the Ground and in the Air” (

DURBAN — Still thinking about wretched scavengers surviving on the tips? Can that thought. They have a name: waste pickers, and they exist in their millions in the world. They ar...

Video – “Waste pickers can play a role in climate change mitigation” (IPS Inter Press Service)

A slideshow of the waste pickers of the Global Alliance as they engage in activities at COP17 to fight against the Clean Development Mechanism and for a fair Green Climate Fund. Wa...

“Waste pickers’ big plans” (The Citizen)

DURBAN – Waste pickers would make more money if the “middle men” were cut out, a waste pickers organisation said on Monday. Representatives of the Global Alliance...

Press Release: Waste Pickers Tout Only Green Solution to Municipal Waste, Decry Dirty Energy (English, Spanish, Portuguese)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Durban, December 5, 2011 – Waste pickers attending COP17 today called for a Green Climate Fund with direct community access and an end to CDM “waste-to-...