A Creative Pause to Build a Narrative Strategy: Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)
This grant will enable GAIA to take a pause from the fast pace of its everyday work to develop a clear narrative strategy on the intersection between climate change, waste disposal, and economic resilience. While the materials economy is responsible for up to 44% of global greenhouse gas emissions with its cycle of extraction, production, consumption and waste, the climate change debate typically doesn't highlight these intersections. During the "pause", GAIA will convene frontline community leaders and environmental policy advocates, together with a communications consultant, to build a messaging strategy for these issues from a holistic approach that sparks change. They then will use this framework to develop skill-shares, organizing tools, and new media tools to bring a solutions-based analysis of waste into the national U.S. climate debate.