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Shining a Light on Frontline Communities

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Room 512, Willapa

Who are the communities most affected by upstream manufacturing and downstream waste, and how can circular strategies provide community benefits? 

In many places around the world, communities of color, Indigenous people and low-income households are disproportionately affected by the upstream and downstream impacts of the linear economy. Systemic inequalities have placed industrial facilities, hazardous waste sites, and global waste streams in close proximity to these vulnerable populations while denying them access to the resources and political strength to safeguard their future. 

All actors in the take-make-waste economy bear a responsibility to change the status quo.

Join this session to learn how communities are taking back political power and mobilizing resources to protect themselves from the negative economic, health and environmental impacts of pollution. Come ready to discuss how companies can implement holistic strategies that promote social responsibility and contribute to the well-being of communities they impact.

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