Over the past five years or so, a powerful movement is emerging, questioning policies of globalisation. Historic alliances have been forged ólabour movements and deep ecologists, farmers and consumers, businesspeople, economists, journalists and even some political representatives.
This has been incredibly inspiring, even more so because there is also a clear shift in consciousness towards supporting localisation as the logical alternative.
The dominant message is that globalisation and economic growth are inevitable, even evolutionary, when, in fact, they are the direct result of specific policy choices.
Another challenge is the way in which localisation is depicted as narrowly selfish and right wing. In fact, the localist movement is global. Only by collaborating can we make the shift. United, we can fund a different path to growthóone that would allow millions of businesses to flourish instead of just a handful.
The path towards peace and sustainability is right in front of us. It lies beyond both the communist and the corporate, centralised systems. It’s to do with rebuilding community instead of tearing it apart; and our innermost need for connection to one another and to nature. The most important task now is to use education as activismóto spread this message far and wide. What is needed is to see the big picture’ more clearly, to link hands between North and South and to strengthen the powerful movements already emerging.
FURTHER INFORMATION : Helena Norberg-Hodge Founder and director of ISEC, International Society for Ecology and Culture
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