Subject: Plastic-free Campuses Virtual Launch, supporting waste workers on International Workers Day, and the systemic decline of Big Oil!

SAVE THE DATE: May 7th for the Plastic-free Campuses Virtual Launch!

We’re going virtual! As one of the banners in the recent climate strikes illustrate, ‘leaders behave like children and children behave like leaders.’Amid these difficult times, we are so inspired by our youth who are coming together to demand drastic changes in policies and systems for their future. Mark your calendars for our official virtual launch for Plastic-free Campuses on May 7!
Other News
Our Open Letter to the European Commission

In Europe, petrochemicals and plastic companies are using COVID-19 to push back regulation for a greener future. #BreakFreeFromPlastic responded with an Open Letter to the European Commission, calling for bold policy and funding for a sustainable post-pandemic world.

Support Zero Waste Workers and Waste Pickers on International Workers Day

This International Workers Day, we thank and celebrate the millions of Zero Waste workers,  waste pickers, and community organizers around the world —  the unsung heroes who continue to keep society safe during these difficult times. Despite their critical and difficult work, thousands of these workers especially in Asia are left vulnerable and in need of protection and basic services. You can help support them and their families through GAIA‘s Emergency Solidarity Fund.

How the Story of Plastic is Changing the Narrative

In order to achieve a system change, we have to tackle the narrative change. “Nearly every single piece of plastic starts as fossil fuel, a startling reality that is front and center in the film.” Our Global Communications Lead Shilpi Chhotray explains how The Story of Plastic exposes the uneasy truth around the plastic pollution crisis for Greenpeace International. Visit for more information on how to view the film and even host a screening for YOUR community!
Why We Shouldn’t Waste Crucial Funds on #BigOil

As oil prices hit the red numbers, the oil, gas, and plastic industries are lobbying hard for government bailouts and relaxed regulation to save themselves. But the Center for International Environmental Law reveals how long-term systemic declines in these industries had been accumulating long before the coronavirus pandemic emerged.

Vietnam Zero Waste Alliance and Pacific Environment Earth Week

Our members Vietnam Zero Waste Alliance and Pacific Environment organized a weeklong celebration for Earth Week 2020! World-renowned Zero Waste expert Paul Connett, 2018 Goldman Prize-winning activist Nguy Thi Khanh, and #breakfreefromplastic Vietnamese changemakers Chu Manh Trinhand Tran Thi Hoa were part of the virtual program. Their voices are helping raise awareness on the growing issue of single-use plastics and climate change in Vietnam.

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