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Across the world communities are struggling to defend their land, air, water, forests and their livelihoods from damaging projects and extractive activities with heavy environmental and social impacts: mining, dams, …

Social metabolism, cost-shifting and conflicts. The struggles and services of informal waste recyclers in India

By: Federico Demaria. Supervisors: Dr. Giorgos Kallis, Dr. Joan Martinez Alier, Dr. Giuseppe Munda AbstractThis thesis contributes to our understanding of social metabolism, and more precisely waste in social metabolism. …

No waste incineration in cement kilns

By Joan Martínez Alier. Mariel Vilella reports on November 14, 2014 that “last weekend we gathered in Barletta, Italy, to put waste incineration in cement kilns on the spot once more. It was …

Designed to fail … and the solutions

By Nick Meynen. While violent conflicts over rare metals used in our phones and laptops continue and e-waste keeps piling up, engineers break their heads over new ways to ensure that …

Arrest of an environmental justice pioneer in Montenegro

By Nick Meynen. On Monday 18 August, at 9:30AM, Montenegro police arrested Naim Prelvukaj, coordinator of the Council for the Prevention of landfill in the village Martinaj. Despite using only peaceful …

Waste Pickers look back on a year of struggle and success

March 1 was International Waste Pickers’ Day, in memory of the massacre in Colombia in which 11 workers were killed at the University of Barranquilla. For the past 21 years …

Faulty Waste Management and Aarhus Convention Violations, Cases to the European Parliament: UKWIN seeks cases to help support an incinerator-free Europe

By Amanda Blank and Shlomo Dowen (director of the UKWIN) Waste incineration is a method of waste disposal that still occurs throughout Europe despite its highly negative effects on air quality …

Victory for waste pickers

By Federico DemariaIn a landmark victory and possible precedent for waste pickers around the world, waste pickers in Bogota (Colombia) obtain official recognition and payment by the municipality for their …

Residents and wastepickers protest against waste-to-energy incinerator in Delhi

As a follow-up on the EJOLT video ‘Waste wars’ (visible on our front page and here), we publish a press statement from the Ghazipur Anti-Incinerator Committee, issued the 24th of …

Watch a GAIA-EJOLT video on Waste Wars in Delhi

Delhi Waste Wars is a short video documentary directed by Leah Temper and edited by Siobhan McKeown. A battle is brewing in Delhi, India over access and control to garbage. For decades, informal …

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