Rethinking Waste - webinar series July-Feb.

The NRDC Seed Series, launching on July 6, introduces participants to key topics and issues in the world of discard studies; a growing, transdisciplinary field that centers how waste impacts our world. From the role of waste in pop culture to the lifesaving labor of sanitation workers to the relationship between the after-deathcare industry and waste inequity, and so much more. This 10-part webinar series serves as a point of departure for participants to learn more about how they can take steps in their own lives towards climate justice, anti-racism and rethinking waste.

The host of the series is Jesi Taylor – journalist, Discard Studies Co-Editor, philosophy graduate student, and TRUE Advisor. Her work and research lie at the intersection of Black Studies, Genocide Studies, Ethics, and Legal Theory with a focus on how waste mismanagement disproportionately impacts chronically disenfranchised communities.

Each webinar will be recorded and live streamed on NRDC YouTube channel. We will update this blog post with the links to the recordings throughout the series.

The webinar dates, topics, registration link and/or recordings are as follows:

  • July 6: “Waste” as a Construct - Learn about the history of waste and disposability and how excessive waste came to be culturally acceptable. 

  • July 27:  Waste Colonialism and Inequity - Learn how the concept of “waste” perpetuates systems of violence and racism. 

  • August 24: The Myth of “Away” - Examine how disposability politics and waste inequity disproportionately and purposely impact certain communities.

  • September 14: Deathcare and Toxic Capitalism - Learn about how the deathcare industry (after-death services) perpetuates waste colonialism and harms the environment. 

  • October 12: Trashy Art - Learn about how humans have engaged with naturally occurring materials and waste to make art throughout history. 

  • November 2: Waste in Pop Culture - Examine how themes related to waste in popular media impact how we relate to waste conceptually and in our daily lives.

  • November 30: Community Care for Sanitation Workers - Learn about the essential role and labor of sanitation workers and why they need our support. 

  • January 11: Food Apartheid and Food Waste - Learn about the relationship between structural racism, colonialism, and food apartheid in the context of waste inequity. 

  • February 1: Soil, Water, and Pollutants - Examine how waste mismanagement impacts hydrological, agricultural, and soil-based systems on this planet. 

  • February 22: Decolonizing Urban Forest Ecology - Learn about how colonialism impacts urban tree ecology, related planning initiatives, and conversations about urban green spaces.