Waste colonialism takes a number of forms, from the export of waste from the Global North to the Global South to continued encroachment of settler projects onto Indigenous lands…
“STOP WASTE COLONIALISM / IT’S TIME FOR CHANGE”
“The Global North cannot continue to export its waste problem onto the Global South, all countries need to take responsibility for how they produce and manage their waste.”
“EIA STUDY REVEALS A 10 BILLION TONNE PLASTIC POLLUTION BOMB TICKING AWAY IN EVERY CORNER OF THE PLANET”
“The trade in plastic waste is just a secondary symptom of rampant overproduction and consumption. We urgently need a global plastic treaty to do for plastics what the Montreal Protocol did for harmful gases destroying the ozone layer – radically phase them down.
In the meantime, we must end plastic waste colonialism, whereby high-consuming wealthier countries simply export their plastic waste – and their problem – to poorer countries which also lack the infrastructure to deal with it.”
“Waste Colonialism” by Dr. Max Liboiron, provides a theoretical and historical context for understanding land, waste and colonial power.
“Because all waste and pollution are about power by maintaining structures that designate what is valuable and what is not, understanding the role of colonialism in waste is crucial for understanding waste and power generally…pollution is not only an exercise of colonial domination, it can also be part of its imperial expansion.”