Ecosocialists know greenwashing is a deceptive form of marketing commonly used by corporations worldwide to convince the public that their practices are climate-friendly. Waste-to-energy has been promoted by the companies that profit as the answer to increased demand for landfill space and as a better alternative to landfills, which are known to emit greenhouse gasses that contribute to climate change.
But when you look closely you'll find trash incineration provides comparatively little power, releases more carbon to the atmosphere than landfills, and exposes the largely poor communities in which incinerators are located with heavy metals and particulates. Even so, that hasn't stopped corporate interests from convincing regulators to label waste-to-energy as “renewable,” with all the perks and incentives that go along.
Please join us on June 22 at 8pm Eastern as we debunk the greenwashing, explore the science behind trash incineration, hear from communities on the frontlines of this issue and discuss socialist solutions.
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