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[greenyes] Fwd: GAIA Global Day of Action Against Incineration 7-14-03

From: "Julie Dickinson" <jdickinson@no.address>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2003 08:24:20 +1200

Message from Manny Calonzo


Biggest day of action ever against incineration

Berkeley/Geneva/Manila. 14 July 2003.   More than 235 groups from 62
countries today took action against waste incineration to serve notice to
their governments that time is running out on the controversial technology
despite vigorous attempts by the incineration industry to repackage their
burners as renewable energy or modern thermal systems for waste disposal.
Citizens' assemblies, direct actions and diverse forms of community
education and mobilization are happening worldwide in the biggest day of
action ever against waste incineration and for healthy and sustainable

"With growing desperation to ensure the survival of their dying industry,
incinerator pushers are  scrambling to repackage and reinvent their
technologies using various forms of  greenwashing including referring to
incinerators as clean, renewable energy sources or claiming to have  'new'
variations like pyrolysis or gasification for the same old and discredited
process," said Ann Leonard, Co-Coordinator of the Global Alliance for
Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), which unites over 375 groups and
communities fighting to end wasting and burning, from 77 countries.

The combined and simultaneous protest actions around the world mark the
observance of the 2nd Global Day of Action against Waste Incineration, by
far the most massive demonstration of public opposition to incinerators on a
global scale. Spearheaded by GAIA, the yearly anti-incineration day of
action intends to highlight the health, environmental, economic and social
problems associated with waste burning and other polluting waste management
practices, and at the same time promote safe and sustainable alternatives
for preventing waste and managing society's discards.

GAIA today released the report "Waste Incineration: A Dying Technology,"
which explains why incinerators are an unsustainable and obsolete method for
dealing with waste.  The GAIA report concludes that incineration is a dying
technology.  As a waste treatment technology, it is unreliable and produces
a secondary waste stream more dangerous than the original.  As an energy
production method, it is inefficient and wasteful of resources.  As an
economic development tool, it is a catastrophe, which drains money out of
local communities and creates scarce and often dangerous jobs.

"Today's actions are clear manifestations of the growing global resistance
against incinerators and other dirty forms of waste disposal. With the
possible exception of nuclear power, perhaps no other technology has stirred
up such inflamed defiance from citizens and communities the world over. For
this and other good reasons, governments around the world should pay heed
and start implementing safe and sustainable alternatives to incineration,"
said Von Hernandez, GAIA Co-Coordinator.

Public opposition has killed many proposed and existing incinerators
worldwide. For instance, a massive grassroots movement has defeated more
than 300 municipal waste incinerator proposals in the United States in the
last 15 years. In Japan, the most incinerator intensive country, public
pressure has resulted in over 500 incinerators being shut down in recent
years. Jurisdictions in 15 countries have passed partial bans on
incineration and one country, the Philippines, has banned all incineration.

Today's actions also coincide with the first day of the Seventh
Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC 7) meeting of the Stockholm
Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).  The Convention aims to
eliminate the most persistent toxic substances known to science, including
the cancer-causing dioxins and furans.

The Convention identifies all waste incinerators, including cement kilns
burning hazardous wastes, as major sources of dioxins and furans and
polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs and recommends the use of substitute
techniques to avoid the generation of these unintentionally produced
pollutants. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) reports that
incinerators account for 69% of dioxin emissions worldwide.

This year's action surpasses the number of participating groups from last
year's Global Day of Action that drew 126 groups from 54 countries.


The GAIA Report "Waste Incineration: A Dying Technology" is available for
free download at The Report discusses the problems with
waste incineration and explains viable alternatives to this outdated method
for dealing with waste. The report further talks about the expanding
repudiation of incineration across the globe, including incinerator bans and
moratoria imposed in several places. Neil Tangri, formerly of Essential
Action USA wrote the report for GAIA.

Media Contacts:
For information on GAIA and the Global Day of Action, please visit or contact Manny C. Calonzo at manny.gaia@no.address,
+632-9290376 (phone), +632-4364733 (fax).


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