Are you concerned about climate change, resource depletion or pollution? If your reply to any of these is: “Yes” then please help us fight waste incineration by joining with other campaigners around the world on or around 30th September to promote zero waste and support the GAIA Global Day of Action (GDA).
Are time and resources in short supply? Is it difficult to get a group of people together all on the same day? Here is a tried and tested idea from UKWIN’s GDA organiser Neil Pitcairn that even a group of one can do: make a floral tribute to the victims of waste incineration and leave it at the gates of your nearest operating or planned incinerator.
See the UKWIN map for details of municiapl incineratorts near you.
People are already suffering and dying as a direct result of climate change. Depleting the world’s natural resources and carelessly discarding and squandering those resources also kills and destroys the livelihoods of many people, particularly those in the developing world. Waste incineration contributes to climate change and encourages wasteful lifestyles. Incineration is also linked to insidious damage of the health of humans, fauna and flora in the vicinity.
Your tribute could be a single flower in jam jar, a bouquet or a wreath. You can tie it to a tree or a fence; you can lay it with ceremony or hurriedly, openly or shyly, even anonymously if you so wish. A wreath can cost you nothing to make. Hazel stems can be bent and tied in a circle with garden twine. Straight stems across the centre will help it keep its shape. There are still flowers in the hedgerows if you pick them sustainably, and they can be tied to wreath. An ‘In Remembrance’ card will tell passers-by and staff about the victims of incineration.
What’s good about this idea? It’s easy for an individual or a group. It is non-violent, non-threatening and non-invasive. It’s inexpensive. If enough people do it around the country it will attract the attention of policy formers and waste companies. It will get the curious thinking and wanting to find out more. It may shame the complacent into action.
Good things to do for maximum impact:
• Take a digital camera with you and photograph your tribute / event.
• Tell us at UKWIN what you have done and send us a photo. We’ll make a photo gallery and keep a tally of what’s happening around the country.
• Tell your local press and send them a photo. Some ideas for a press release are available to download.
Don’t worry if your tribute is a bit late. Every single one will help.