Conversatorio Colonialismo | Let’s Talk About U.S. Waste Colonialism in Mexico

April 5 , 1:00 pm 3:00 pm EDT

Descriptions below in Spanish and English:

Descripción: La Colectiva Malditos Plásticos, la Alianza Global de Alternativas a la Incineración GAIA, y Break Free From Plastic, te invita este 5 de abril a unirte a la conversación acerca del colonialismo de la basura, desde Estados Unidos a México (11 am-1 pm CDMX / 10 am-12 pm PST ). Desde el año 2018 que China cerró sus fronteras a la importación de residuos plásticos, México ha recibido cantidades masivas de residuos plásticos, provenientes principalmente de los Estados Unidos (94%). En esta conversación virtual bilingüe, abordaremos varios temas como: la investigación realizada por la Colectiva Malditos Plásticos, el origen de los impactos de las exportaciones hacia México desde los Estados Unidos, el lanzamiento de la versión en inglés de la Plataforma Colonialismo de la Basura; el reciente reporte de la Basel Action Network/The Last Beach Cleanup que aborda la exportación de plásticos de consumo como una alternativa de reciclaje.

Juntos discutiremos cómo activistas y promotores Basura Cero, pueden tomar responsabilidad para detener las exportaciones de plástico como una falsa solución tanto en el ámbito local como la escena internacional en la próxima reunión de negociaciones sobre el Tratado Global de Plásticos a llevarse a cabo en Canadá.

Traducción Inglés / Español estará disponible.

Description: On Friday April 5 (10 am-12 pm PST / 11 am – 1 pm CDMX) , join Colectiva Malditos Plasticos, the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, and Break Free From Plastic for a virtual conversation about U.S. plastic waste colonialism in Mexico. Since the 2018 China ban, Mexico has been receiving massive amounts of plastic waste, with the vast majority exported from the United States (94%). Through this bilingual virtual conversation, we will unpack research exposing the origins and impacts of U.S. waste exports to Mexico, including the newly released English version of the Plastic Waste Colonialism Platform from Colectiva Malditos Plasticos and the recent report from Basel Action Network/The Last Beach Cleanup, “California State’s Own Data Reveals Consumer Plastics are not Recyclable and are Being Exported Illegally”.

Together, we’ll discuss how North American zero waste advocates can take responsibility for stopping plastic waste exports as a colonial false solution in our local work, as well as on the global stage at the upcoming INC4 Global Plastics Treaty Negotiations in Canada. 

Interpretation will be available in English and Spanish.

October 25, 2023 , 10:00 am 11:00 am EDT

Plastic pollution is a growing area of concern, particularly in developing countries where waste management systems have not kept pace with development.

The Mekong River transports approximately 40 thousand tons of plastic into the ocean every year, affecting biodiversity in the river system as well as the nearby marine biodiversity hotspot of the Coral Triangle after it flows into the ocean. Join Monica Arienzo and Rachel Kozloski for a discussion on litter monitoring, microplastic analysis, and plastic pollution in the Mekong River and Tonle Sap, Cambodia.

This is the sixth in our Mekong data seminar series featuring presentations of recent studies and papers with an interactive discussion about the data and why it matters.

Hear from:

  • Monica Arienzo, Associate Research Professor of Hydrology, The Desert Research Institute
  • Rachel Kozloski, Graduate Research Fellow, Desert Research Institute
  • Diep Bui, Co-Director, Keep Vietnam Clean
  • Bunthoeurn MAK, Program Manager and Network Coordinator, The NGO Forum on Cambodia
  • Brian Eyler, Southeast Asia Program Director, Stimson Center (moderator)

September 6, 2023 , 2:00 pm September 8, 2023 , 5:00 pm Vietnam/Ho Chi Minh

The Regional Climate and Energy Project of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Asia in collaboration with Climate Action Network Southeast Asia (CANSEA) are excited to be hosting the third edition of our flagship international virtual event – Just Transition Forum Asia (JTFA).

Landmark developments on Just Transition that have taken place worldwide at the global, national and sub-national levels, since our previous event a year ago, will be highlighted during the two plenary sessions. They include the Just Transition Work Programme adopted at the United Nations climate conference and expansion of the Just Energy Transition Partnerships. While this forum has a primary focus on Asia, developments at the global and national levels elsewhere will influence progress on Just Transition in this region.

Representatives of different stakeholders directly involved in these processes – the United Nations, national and sub-national governments, trade unions and civil society – will update participants with the latest information on these developments. Accompanying these sessions will be eight Transformational Labs presenting good practices on implementing Just Transition across different sectors. Given the critical role of cities in addressing climate change, various labs will be exploring groundbreaking Just Transition trends and models in cities across Asia. They will be complemented by Labs on other critical sectors such as health, plastics and lighting.

Since its inception in 2021, JTFA has been a springboard for leading experts from governments, climate funds, businesses, think tanks, trade unions, civil society and communities in Asia and beyond, to make policy recommendations on shaping a socially inclusive and climate-resilient future in the Asian region, based on Just Transition. Combined with the good practice-focused dialogue on implementing Just Transition through the Labs, JTFA has presented practical evidence and pathways on making the transformation from carbon-intensive industries and practices towards a decarbonizing future.

June 5, 2023 , 4:00 am 5:00 am EDT

Webinar on World Environment Day discusses the illegal trade in plastics in Southeast Asia and potential solutions, and features speakers:

  • Andrés Del Castillo, Centre for International Environmental Law
  • Anna Kobylecka, World Customs Organization
  • Mushtaq Memon, UN Environment Programme
  • Ioana Cotutiu, UN Office on Drugs and Crime