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Zero Waste Europe at the COP22

Zero waste in Europe on COP22

Although COP 22 will regrettably go down in history as the Trump COP, the Zero Waste Europe team did not miss the opportunity to participate in climate negotiations and promote the work of zero waste cities, communities and recycling workers around the world.

In the first week, in cooperation with the Cities Alliance, WIEGO, Indian Garbage Collectors Alliance and UNEP, Zero Waste Europe jointly organized a community and climate change sustainable solid waste solutions event to discuss the best solid waste solutions for cities. Waste solutions, greener and healthier cities, and income generation and emission reduction.

Mariel Vilella, head of the European Zero Waste Climate, Energy and Air Pollution Initiative, introduced the Zero Waste vision and its contribution to climate change mitigation, and showcased the progress made by the Zero Waste City Network in Europe and around the world. Vilella emphasized the importance of including informal recyclers in the zero waste strategy, especially in the global South, where millions of scavengers are the de facto recycling system.

To be precise, participating in the annual climate negotiations has once again proved to be a challenge to the grassroots recycling communities from the global South. In this case, the representatives of the Indian Scavengers Union were allowed to board the plane for no other reason than making false declarations on their visa documents. This reminds us that all the prejudice and discrimination faced by disadvantaged communities such as women scavengers One day is a cycle.

In the "blue zone" of civil society space, the Moroccan organization Zero Waste Skhirat organized a space dedicated to reflecting on the use and waste of resources through creative reuse of objects, and held a seminar on reuse and recycling as the theme plan.

In the second week, Delphine Lévi-Alvarès, Product Policy Officer of Zero Waste Europe, introduced the "Get Out of Plastic" campaign at a side event organized by the French Ministry of Environment to launch an international coalition of nations dedicated to "stopping plastic waste."

Lévi-Alvarès emphasized that plastic pollution in the ocean is only the tip of the iceberg. It is the result of linear and wasteful economy. We need to adopt a holistic approach and find the root cause of this pollution to solve this problem. Regarding the climate change debate, she emphasized that plastic production has increased by 20 times in the past 50 years, resulting in plastic usage accounting for 6% of global oil consumption, equivalent to the aviation industry, but with significantly worse externalities.

"If we continue business as usual, plastic production will increase by 20 times by 2050, accounting for 20% of global oil consumption, offsetting the development of renewable energy and clean transportation," said Lévi-Alvarès, who invited viewers to join breakfreefromplastic.org On the event.

Looking back at the progress made in the negotiations, Marrakech "implemented" the Conference of the Parties — as its nickname, hopes to strengthen the momentum for climate action after the Paris Agreement enters into force — provides a meager but necessary declaration (Marrakech Declaration of Action) , Despite the U.S. election, it still promises the world to tackle climate change.

It is worth noting that the 47 poorest countries in the world formed the Climate Vulnerability Forum and launched the Marrakech Vision, promising to generate 100% of energy from renewable energy as soon as possible. They also pledged to update the Nationally Determined Contributions and develop a long-term strategy by 2020.

Despite these bright spots, it is clear that three years after breaking the temperature record, as 2016 becomes the hottest year on record, the climate crisis will not be resolved by voluntary emission reduction pledges currently made by benevolent governments around the world. Most importantly, the commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions needs to clarify the actual strategy to be implemented to reduce emissions, paying particular attention to supporting the correct sustainable strategy in all sectors, including the zero waste strategy in the waste sector. This is the simplest way to achieve climate change mitigation. The fastest way.

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