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UN Climate Change Conference – COP 20
03/12/2014 - 14/12/2014
GAIA/Zero Waste Europe will be participating in the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which will be hosted by the Government of Peru, in Lima, Peru.
Management of waste has critical climate implications. While waste is not always seen as a critical frontline issue for climate change mitigation, it in fact offers particularly cost-effective and ready-to-implement solutions pathways that can draw support from diverse constituencies who may otherwise not engage in climate-related work. The impact of these solutions on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is far from negligible, particularly from a lifecycle perspective. As climate change economist Nicholas Stern has noted, “Recycling is already making a major contribution to keeping down emissions. Indeed, its scale is so little appreciated that it might be described as one of the ‘best kept secrets’ in energy and climate change….”.
To the COP 20, GAIA/Zero Waste Europe is coordinating a delegation of several GAIA members in Latin America including grassroots recyclers, community leaders, impacted communities by the cement industry and research institutes that are working on city-implementation of zero waste solutions (Coalition Zero Waste Brazil). With this exciting group, we are planning a week of activities inside the COP and also outside in the People’s Climate Summit.
mariel (at) no.burn.org