KEYNOTE SESSION: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND WASTE-FREE FUTURE
Moderator: Colm Flynn
From Great Global Cleanup to citizen science. Kathleen Rogers, Earth Day
Kathleen will discuss earthday.org’s shift from organizing group clean-ups to promoting individual clean-ups while closely adhering local guidelines. She will also highlight the success of earthday.org’s citizen science app, Earth Challenge, in allowing individuals to continue participating in climate science and engage their local governments through petitions during the pandemic.
Waste-free future in Africa. William Carew, African Union
We will be looking at the role of African CSOs in the quest of improving sanitation and improving waste management in Africa
Can cities be waste wise? Andre Dzikus, UN-Habitat
Uncollected and mismanaged municipal solid waste is one of the major global challenges, contributing to climate change, air pollution, soil degradation and marine litter. However, sustainable waste management following the 5Rs – Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – decreases GHG emissions, lessens dependency on resource imports and creates local green jobs, starting the shift towards a circular economy.
Turning it Around for Climate Action and a Waste Free Future. Anand Kantaria, UN SDG
The Time Is Now: the world now faces the deepest global health, social and economic crises in a century, coupled with the growing destruction of biodiversity, the worsening impacts of the climate crisis, increasing and intersecting inequalities. All this means we are at a turning point for people and planet. Let’s turn it around together for climate action and a waste free world!
PANEL DISCUSSION ” DO WE HAVE (WASTE-FREE) FUTURE?” by Heidi Solba, Anand Kantaria, Nele Kapp, Kathleen Rogers