Since February 2022, the people of Ukraine have been needlessly suffering in the midst of an unnecessary war. The war has brought misery and unimaginable pain to millions of Ukrainians, the pain of which has been felt throughout Europe and the wider world.
Yet even in these darkest of times, there are stories of hope that shine through.
This webinar will provide a platform to the people who continue to work tirelessly to make Ukraine not only a safe space for its citizens but a sustainable one too.
In late 2020, the city of Lviv became the first in Ukraine to commit to becoming a Zero Waste City. This was soon followed by Liubotyn, near Kharkiv, as the second Zero Waste City in the country. This marked an important milestone in the country’s development, as these pioneer cities sought a new path for managing their waste that did not follow the traditional status quo of landfilling or burning most of the waste generated.
When the war started, we understood that the work on zero waste might be halted for our members to be able to focus on other priorities. But this has not been the case. Despite the most challenging and horrific circumstances, the work of the Zero Waste Alliance Ukraine has continued, offering a beacon of hope to their fellow citizens and showcasing how the guiding principles of safety, humanity and sustainability can live together during some of the most testing times.
This webinar will go into further detail to look into how the philosophy, approach and framework of zero waste is still being applied in Ukraine today, despite the tremendous challenges that the war has posed. We will look at three specific case studies in detail:
- Initiating and implementing reuse systems among internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Lviv
- How an EcoHub in Kharkiv is providing additional services for people in need during the war
- Setting up the first urban garden in the city of Lutsk to provide greater opportunities for locals to begin composting