Last year there was a New Era blog about the International Alliance for Localization (IAL), co-founded by Helena. People and groups from 58 different countries have joined the alliance to date and more are signing up every day. The lists of individual and organisational members may be seen here.
IAL’s recent message: the localisation of our food systems is possibly the single most important strategy for building new economic models that benefit both people and planet.
Since food is something that every person needs every day, even small shifts in the way it is produced, transported and marketed can have big impacts.
For a while now, the average age of farmers worldwide has hovered around 60 years old. As the older generations of farmers retire, the question grows more pressing: who will grow the food of the future, and what will their farms look like? Fortunately, a small but growing number of young people around the world have begun to renew their interest in farming, and they’re likely to have smaller, more diversified, less chemical dependent and more community-oriented farms than the generation preceding them. Not only that, but a surprising number of people with college degrees and “prestigious” desk jobs are leaving urban areas and returning to the land.
We’ve chosen a selection of inspiring short films from the USA, Canada, China, India, Thailand and Australia that offer a glimpse into small diverse farming operations around the world. The films are divided into seven categories:
- Introduction — The New Local Food Movement
- Diverse Farming Systems
- Local Food Webs — Exploring Systems of Distribution
- Local Food Processors — AKA Making Delicious Food
- Challenges & Solutions
- Ecovillages & Networks for New Farmers
- And Finally, A Little More Inspiration
We encourage you to pick a few of your favourite films from the list and organize a ‘viewing night’ for your friends or your local community — to inspire others to get involved in working for food system change. Let us know how it goes by tagging us on Facebook and Twitter, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
And please share with us any other short films about inspiring food and farming initiatives that you know of. We’d be happy to share them with others.
A later message is about ‘Happiness in A Time of Crisis’: 5 Day / 4 Night Residential Course, The Gaunts House, Dorset, UK. July 11th – 15th, 2019
A highly participatory, first-of-its-kind residential event at Gaunts House, bringing together Helena Norberg-Hodge (founder of Local Futures), Satish Kumar and Mac Macartney – three highly sought-after, internationally-recognized and inspirational speakers – as well as distinguished guests, facilitators, thinkers and activists from around the world. This 5-day course gives you the chance to meet friendly, like-minded people to discuss how we can transform the global economy and make a happier world.
Join Local Futures at Earth, Culture, Economy
25th-29th June | Schumacher College, Totnes, UK
What would the world look like if humans lived harmoniously with nature rather than creating environmental mayhem? What strategies can be employed to overcome the entrenched power of big business, big banks, and big government?
We’ll dig into these questions in Earth, Culture, Economy, an open course at Schumacher College led by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Stephan Harding, and Satish Kumar. Our approach will be broad and holistic and we will consider a range of themes from the perspective of both the global North and South, including:
• How to measure real progress
We also have two other events coming up in the UK this summer:
An evening of discussion and Q&A
19th June | London, UK
A how-to course on big picture activism
13th-17th July | 42 Acres, Frome, UK
These events will present a global perspective on localisation and equip you with practical strategies for supporting genuine social, ecological, and economic renewal wherever you may be. We look forward to seeing you there!