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Paryavaran Mitra Demands Indian Government to Formalize Gujarati Waste Picking, Provide Workers Adequate Livelihood and Benefit

by Julian Cirineo | May 5, 2021

Waste pickers in India are an integral part of the healthcare and sanitation sector, yet are largely unrecognized by the very systems they support. In the state of Gujarat, #breakfreefromplastic member Paryavaran Mitra, an environmental organization that aims to increase public participation in government decision-making, is appealing to authorities to acknowledge the essential role waste pickers have in keeping the environment clean and safe, especially as COVID-19 continues to spread. The group is demanding that the government provide waste pickers livelihood and policies that will help protect them.

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Members in the Spotlight: Global 2000

by Lys Mehou-loko | May 3, 2021

Q1 – Please introduce yourself(-ves) and your organisation? GLOBAL 2000 is an independent environmental protection organisation in Austria based in Vienna. It all started in 1982, when six activists took an environmental study of the time, the first environmental report in history called “Global 2000”, as a model and began to shape Austria’s environmental policy. […]

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Guilt and frustration sometimes lead to positive change

by Carol Dale | April 28, 2021

  Nine of us took part in a household audit of plastic waste. We were a group of neighbours and friends, many of us living alone or with one other person. All of us used supermarkets to do some of our shopping. We knew that plastic was damaging the environment and we’re trying — in […]

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COVID-19 and the False Promises of Plastics

by Janssen Calvelo, Southeast Asia Network Organizer, #breakfreefromplastic | April 23, 2021

Plastic Flood Amid the Pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically caused an increase in plastic consumption globally. This has been necessitated by the need to safeguard ordinary people and communities from the transmission of COVID-19. The result, however, is a dramatic increase in masks, syringes, gloves, and other PPEs. Recently, plastic syringes have been found […]

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Members in the Spotlight: Let’s Do It Foundation

by Estelle Eonnet | March 26, 2021

Please introduce yourself(-ves) and your organisation? Our team: Kristiina Kerge, Kadi Kenk, Merili Vares, Kadri Kalle. Altogether, we have 28 years in the organisation. Longest team member has been with the organisation since 2010. We are mainly based in Estonia but have always worked remotely from different cities. Plastic has made it into the focus […]

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