GAIA Zero Waste MasterPlan - Flipbook - Page 96
96 The Zero Waste Masterplan
THE WAY FORWARD
The intersecting economic, health, and political crises of our time
make ever more clear the urgent need to change course. It is clear
that we cannot go “back to normal.” Bold, transformative economic
and social change is needed not just to recover, but to build more
just and resilient cities.
At the heart of that transformation must be a reimagining of the way
we make, consume, and dispose of precious resources. The current
model where natural resources are extracted and wasted is not only
bad for the environment, it’s bad for our health, and our economy.
We must invest wisely in proven solutions to the intersecting crises
of waste, pollution, and climate change. By pivoting away from
extractive industries, we have an unprecedented opportunity to
scale up zero waste solutions. Already, hundreds of cities around
the world have developed zero waste systems saving them millions,
creating jobs, and building up local economies. Policymakers,
advocates, and institutions can stand on the right side of history and
rebuild stronger, more resilient local economies while preserving our
planet. As the Masterplan shows, the solutions already exist. It’s time
to put them into action.