Good news in the area of community organizing for zero waste. Richard V. Anthony Richard Anthony Associates 858 272 2905 www.richardanthonyassociates.com
- Subject: [Gaia-members] GAIA at the Earth Summit
- From: "Manny Calonzo" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2002 13:00:57 +0800
Greetings to all of you and a warm welcome to our new friends who have recently joined the GAIA family.
We are pleased to report back on GAIA’s participation at the recent Johannesburg Earth Summit.
1. Zero Waste Project at the Global Forum. Based on initial reports, we achieved 70-80% waste reduction in Nasrec, site of the Global Forum, outperforming other Summit venues by 300-400%! The significant waste reduction at the Global Forum is attributed to the following factors:
a. Designed More Waste Out of the System. The Global Forum site has restricted the use of most plastics (particularly PVC plastic), while other Summit venues have only restricted polysterene.
b. Diverted Organic Waste. The Global Forum site has diverted discarded food and other organic materials while other Summit venues have not.
c. Invested in Education and Outreach. The Zero Waste project was actively promoted at the Global Forum using different promotional tools, particularly the use of posters, flyers and TV monitors to encourage and guide participants on waste reduction and separation. (See ELA-GAIA press releases for more information.)
The Zero Waste project tremendously helped in raising the profile of GAIA among NGOs attending the Summit. The accredited NGO delegates from all over the world received the Zero Waste information, which ELA and GAIA published. Brochures, stickers and bookmarks – creatively designed by our colleague Gigie Cruz - were also distributed at various meetings and places, including the exhibition booths of ELA, Cape Town (thanks to Marie-Lou Roux of the Cape Town Anti-Incineration Alliance/Habitat Council) and the Butterfly Taiwan (thanks to Herlin Hsieh of the Taiwan Watch Institute). The recycling stations as well as the locally designed bicycles for collecting materials were marked with the logos of ELA, GAIA and the Zero Waste project. We thank Muna Lakhani for his foresight, energy and creativity.
A round of applause to Muna, Zini, Thebogo and the 90-strong Zero Waste Team. They have done an excellent job in proving to the world that Zero Waste works. Indeed, the Zero Waste project "shines out like a beacon in the dark" for a Summit that has been heavily criticized for failing to address the environmental challenges facing the planet and humanity. Thank you so much Muna and the Team for a job well done!
2. Zero Waste Forum. The ELA-GAIA Forum on 27 August 2002 brought together about a hundred people from Argentina, Armenia, Cambodia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Tanzania, Taiwan, Uganda, making it one of the best attended parallel events at the Global Forum. There were nine main presentors who spoke about the problems of incineration and the determined efforts of communities and public interest groups to advance real solutions. Thank you to the 20 GAIA members who came to the meeting, most especially to our resource persons: Raul Montenegro, FUNAM; Ravi Agarwal, Sristhi/Toxics Link; Zeina Al-Hajj, Greenpeace Mediterranean; Von Hernandez, Greenpeace International; Muna Lakhani, Earthlife Africa; Llewelyn Leonard, groundWork; Suyol Hong, KWMN; Herlin Hsieh, TWI; Josep Puig, Alternativa Verda; and, last but not the least, Laila Iskander Kamel of Egypt. (See the listserv next week for the highlights of the Forum)
3. Incineration Meeting. Through the kind initiative of our colleague Marie-Lou Roux, a meeting on incineration and its impacts to public health and the environment was held on 26 August 2002, with Nicholas Kasa of the Sasolburg Environmental Committee and Manny Calonzo of the GAIA Secretariat as discussants. The meeting drew some 30 people, mostly from South Africa who were very concerned with the use of the polluting waste disposal technology in the country. A BIG thanks to Marie-Lou for her great enthusiasm and activism.
4. Statement on Incineration by Summit Participants. The official Earth Summit failed to make a categorical rejection of incineration as a waste disposal option. The Plan of Implementation adopted by governments even classified waste-to-energy incinerators as a favorable option for managing waste. Nonetheless, concerned Summit participants signed a GAIA-drafted statement asking governments and their business and funding partners to stop the destructive practice of incinerating waste and shift instead to least-cost waste prevention systems and non-burn alternatives. The statement cited proposed incinerator projects in Bangkok (Thailand), Beveren (Belgium), Kampung Bohol (Malaysia), Kirkland Lake (Canada), Ringaskiddy (Ireland) and Sasolburg (South Africa). Colleagues from South Africa, Taiwan and Uganda helped in gathering signatures. The statement circulated at groundWork’s Corporate Accountability Conference, for instance, were signed by 100 people, including 13 Goldman Environmental Prize awardees from Bolivia, Burma, Colombia, Egypt, El Salvador, Honduras, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Madagascar, Slovakia, Somalia, South Africa and South Korea. (See the GAIA listserv for copy of the statement.)
5. Networking Efforts. Our presence at the Summit has allowed us to interact with potential GAIA members. Those who have signified their intention to join either as individual or organizational members include the following:
Environmental Development Action, Ethiopia
Stree Mukti Sanghatana (a program for women ragpickers), India
Tamil Nadu Environmental Council, India
Bali Fokus/Indonesian People’s Forum, Indonesia
Hasviva/Israel Association to Preserve the Environment, Israel
Intermediate Technology Development Group, Kenya
Jihad-Al-Binaa Development Association, Lebanon
Dr. Nat Quansah (Goldman Environmental Prize awardee), Madagascar
Greenline Movement, Malawi
Brad Smith/Greenpeace Nordic, Norway
Fatima Jibrell (Goldman Environmental Prize awardee)/Horn Relief, Somalia
Chatsworth Steering Committee, South Africa
Highveld East Community Environment Monitoring Association, South Africa
Kat River Valley Catchment Forum, South Africa
Mafube Youth Enterprise, South Africa
Mochnai Residents’ Association, South Africa
SADC Youth Movement, South Africa
South Durban Community Environmental Alliance, South Africa
Tlhago-Bontle Environmental Organization, South Africa
Jabulile Nene (nurse), South Africa
Judith Dinky Halimana (nurse), South Africa
Yujin Lee/Green Korea United, South Korea
Josep Puig/Alternativa Verda, Spain
Joseph Mutsigwa/Yonge Nawe, Swaziland
Tsering Yangkey (Head, Environment and Development Desk, Central Tibetan Administration), Tibet
Environmental NGOs Lobby Group, Uganda
Denny Larson/Global Community Monitor, USA
In addition, contacts were made with the following groups who are all working on waste issues:
NGO Forum on Cambodia, Cambodia
Friends of the Earth, El Salvador
Israel Union for Environmental Defense, Israel
Okinawa Environment Network, Japan
Friends of Environment Society, Lebanon
Oniipa Environmental Project, Namibia
Palestinian Environmental NGOs Network, Palestine
Citizens’ Movement for Environmental Justice, South Korea
Homemakers Union and Foundation, Taiwan
We will follow them up and "formalize" their membership in our growing family.
We welcome your comments and suggestions as to how we can further our gains at the Summit.
Finally, THANK YOU to all who took care and supported us in Johannesburg, particularly our beloved friends and colleagues at groundWork, Greenpeace International and Earthlife Africa.
Manny C. CalonzoGAIA Secretariat
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