Shut Down Detroit's Incinerator and Promote Green Jobs!
At the 2010 US Social Forum in Detroit, community-led environmental justice groups, supported by the GAIA network will lead a mass non violent civil disobedience action against a U.S. Goliath of climate and community pollution.
Detroit's Municipal Solid Waste Incinerator is the largest incinerator in the world, operated by the world's largest incinerator company. Covanta manages over 40 waste incinerators in the U.S., and despite Covanta's efforts to green-wash "Waste to Energy", waste incineration remains the "primary source" of dioxins in the world and produces more climate pollution (per unit of electricity generated) than coal power plants.
The week after the U.S. Social Forum, Detroit's Mayor David Bing is faced with a choice between renewing Detroit's incinerator contract and opting for the Zero Waste Detroit coalition proposal for green jobs. The coalition have presented the city with a business model that would create three times the number of long-term jobs (than currently employed at the incinerator) through recycling the waste currently being burned. This plan would also serve to end the toxic legacy of the incinerator and reduce future climate pollution equivalent to the emissions of over 100,000 cars every year.
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In collaboration with the U.S. Social Forum National Planning Committee