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The most hopeful alternative to unsustainable corporate globalization is a reinvestment in our own communities, building vibrant local economies based on cooperation instead of competition, meeting people’s needs instead of manufacturing desires, and respecting the natural environment around us.
What is Relocalization?
Relocalization is the rebuilding of our societies on a human scale, forging strong local economies based on mutually beneficial cooperation instead of predatory competition, meeting people’s real needs instead of manufacturing desires, and respecting the natural environment that is the basis of our existence.
Relocalization is an essential adaptation to the depletion of non-renewable resources (oil, natural gas, coal, and even water), and a solution to global warming and other ecological crises.
It focuses on local and sustainable production of food, energy, and goods, in tune with the ecological bounds of each region. It is a logical and inevitable replacement for the failing religion of perpetual economic growth.
Relocalization means the democratization of our social, economic, and political lives — an antidote to the community disempowerment and “race to the bottom” fostered by corporate globalization. Regaining control over our future is the key to building healthier, happier, stronger, and more equitable communities throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.
Opinion and Analysis
. Relocalize: Balance Your World
Articles and Reports
. Fermenting the Food Supply (The Oil Drum)
. Global food crisis looms as climate change and fuel shortages bite (The Guardian)
. The Future is Drying Up (NYT Magazine)
. European cities fight climate change at home (AP)
. The Long Emergency (Rolling Stone)
. Fifty Million Farmers
. The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
. Honeybees Vanish, Leaving Keepers in Peril (NY Times)
. Honeybee Die-off Threatens Food Supply (AP)
. Vegetarian is the New Prius (Huffington Post)
. Warming Could Spark N. American Water Scramble: U.N. (Reuters)
· City of Portland OR, Peak Oil Task Force Report (PDF)
. GAO: U.S. Needs a Peak Oil Strategy
. Pentagon Study Says Oil Reliance Strains Military
. Global rush to energy crops threatens to bring food shortages and increase poverty, says UN
. Sustainable Bioenergy: A Framework for Decision Makers (UN report) (PDF)
. The View From Oil’s Peak
. Nutrient levels in U.S. food supply eroded by pursuit of high yields (Worldwatch Institute)
. The Economics of Greening Cities
. MCHC Relocalization Flyer
Events Local Networks Massachusetts Organizations