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.
GLOBAL ALLIANCE INCINERATOR ALTERNATIVES (GAIA) is an international alliance that works both against incinerators and for safe, sustainable and just alternatives:A lot of attention has been paid in media and policy circles to energy and transportation as keys to addressing climate change. But the ways that we produce, transport, use, and throw away stuff have important impacts on the climate. EPA analysis shows that the systems to make, distribute, use and waste the stuff we use and the food we eat cause 42% of U.S. greenhouse gases and that these systems are deeply intertwined with energy and transportation. » Read More