COP21

Tawanna Black, Valerie Craig and Carrie Freeman: Power, privilege and bias in a circular economy

Around the world, our linear industrial economies currently create unsafe living and working conditions. These challenges disproportionately affect women, minorities, low income, migrants, low educated and other marginalized populations who endure dangerous working conditions, are needlessly exposed to chemicals known to cause higher levels of birth defects, and other adverse health outcomes and bear the primary responsibility of managing the world’s waste.

This discussion explores how governments, companies and communities in both developed and developing countries can use the creation of circular economies to challenge the status quo, and embed justice and equity in the creation of new policies, better products and services and smarter infrastructure. From Circularity 19.