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Zero Waste - one of the solutions to Ecocide

Zero waste-one of Ecocide 's solutions.

Waste is one of the major ecological destroyers in the world. In fact, waste meets all criteria for ecological extinction; it causes environmental damage, destroys ecosystems, threatens any kind of life, and ignores the rights of future generations. Waste is a living proof of the selfishness and stupidity of the smartest generation of humans on the planet.

Nature does not produce waste; this is a real human invention. In nature, there is nothing and no one to waste, because the definition of an ecosystem is a system of cooperative symbiosis; the discards of one process are the input of another process. Everything is upgraded to the system so that the system is sustainable and resilient. In the ecosystem, all energy used is renewable and pollution-free, and all resources are obtained from nearby non-extractive, low-energy-intensive technologies. The process is carried out at normal local temperature and pressure, combustion is not an option. The current linear disposable society runs counter to sustainability; resources are extracted, transported, manufactured, sold, used, and discarded, and ecological extinction is implemented at almost every step of the process.

Taking nature as an example, zero waste is a philosophy, a strategy and a goal designed to imitate a sustainable natural cycle in which all discarded materials are resources for others to use. Zero waste means designing and managing products and processes to reduce the amount and toxicity of waste and materials, and to protect and recycle all resources instead of burning or burying them. The implementation of zero waste will eliminate all emissions to land, water or air that may pose a threat to the health of the earth, humans, animals or plants.

But apart from the definition, zero waste is a movement of people all over the world. They are working hard every day not to better manage waste, but to gradually exclude it from the system. Zero waste personnel and communities work at different levels of the production and consumption chain to minimize the impact on the environment and achieve recycling.

For example, the Zero Waste Cities Network-with more than 200 cities in Europe alone-promises to send zero waste to landfills or incinerators as soon as possible. Many of these cities have collected more than 80% of their waste alone, which means they provide good raw materials for composters and biogas plants, producing renewable energy and organic matter to improve soil and avoid desertification. They allow high-quality recycling of paper, plastic, glass and metal, thus saving the need to cut down new forests or open new mines to extract new resources. They allow the closure of incinerators and landfills, which damage the environment and cause the entire extraction process to restart.

But zero waste is not just more and better recycling; this is first and foremost to reduce waste generation. In zero-waste communities, due to the opening of public fountains, bulk liquid dispensers for milk, honey or detergents, bans on bottled water or disposable plastic bags, the implementation of green procurement, and policies to prevent overflow, the production of plastic packaging has been fundamental On reducing food waste and many others. For example, in Denmark, which has the largest waste per capita in Europe, nearly 400 kg of waste is sent to polluting incinerators per person per year, while in zero-waste communities, less than 100 kg of waste per person is sent for disposal per year, some of which are even close to 50 kg. This not only means that zero-waste citizens have less than four times less environmental impacts than ordinary Danes, but it also means that the need to extract new resources is much lower.

Since zero waste is based on the principle of proximity, most discards are processed as close as possible to the place where they are generated. This means creating sustainable and good jobs to collect and recycle waste, innovation flourishes to create non-toxic and easily recyclable products, while also reducing the total cost of the community and the new generation. In addition, there are many other positive external factors related to the zero waste strategy. For example, Capannori, the first town in Europe to declare zero waste, although recycling nearly 90% of waste and creating new jobs in waste collection, it also created new jobs in related sectors. Thanks to the zero waste policy, new stores such as Effecorta have opened to sell local unpackaged products, and a recycling center has also been established for residents to donate used things. There, it gained a second life, reduced waste and benefited the local economy. Because of the opportunities provided by the zero waste strategy, a company that provides reusable diapers-Ecobimbi-is also booming. One of the consequences of such a series of benign measures is that no one now remembers that one day a company wanted to build an incinerator in the town, which would pollute the air and destroy this source of renewable and resilient economy, has now become a reality. What we have seen is that the more zero waste is implemented, the less ecological extinction.

But zero waste is much more than that. It is about environmental justice, so pollution and waste treatment facilities will not be concentrated in poor and deprived communities. It is about inclusiveness so that the millions of people (also known as scavengers, scavengers, grassroots recyclers) who make a living by collecting and selling waste materials can live with dignity. This is about putting money into real solutions and fighting corruption. This is about community organization, education, and democracy so that all citizens can participate in local resource management plans, funds are distributed fairly, and all businesses and manufacturers understand and fulfill their role in reducing waste and designing future products.

Where incinerators or landfills are built, there are obvious democratic problems, triggered by corruption or incompetence — or both. Citizens in these places suffer ecological extinction for economic gain, or to allow other wealthier communities in other places to continue to live on the unlimited planet they imagined.We cannot continue to operate a disposable economy on a finite planet; waste is a global problem today. There is no place called "far away." Millions of plastic garbage is now lying on the seabed or floating in our oceans, breaking down into small pieces into the food chain, exterminating animals and affecting all of us-rich or poor. Abandoned society consumes more energy than ever to extract resources that are increasingly difficult to obtain-all of this is to produce a short-lived product designed for dumping, and we send it to us Previously, we would use a landfill, incinerator or natural environment for a few minutes.

Waste has no future; waste itself is ecological extinction. Zero waste is a very simple way to fight ecological extinction from our daily lives; it allows us to take action with friends, neighbors and communities to change the world, one community at a time.

Obviously, we have many existing methods to manage our society without ecological extinction. You can also do your part by granting them legal power on www.endecocide.eu

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