World Localization Day for ‘crisis-ridden’ international system

Shopper cooperatives, native enterprise alliances, Transition Cities, permaculture tasks, native finance initiatives and extra will come collectively on 21 June 2022 to rejoice the third World Localization Day.

Grassroots organisations are bobbing up everywhere in the world, and are proving invaluable in communities affected by local weather shocks and covid-related supply-chain failures, defined Helena Norberg-Hodge, convenor of World Localization Day.

Learn: A conversation with Helena Norberg-Hodge on Ladakh, relocalization, and our dysfunctional financial system.

Norberg-Hodge launched the day on 21 June, 2020 to rejoice and strengthen the motion, and encourage others by making the actions extra seen. The occasion grew in 2021, when 80 organisations hosted occasions in 30 international locations, on six continents.


Latest crises, together with the blockage of the Suez Canal to the Covid pandemic and the battle in Ukraine, have highlighted the necessity for higher regional self-reliance.

“It’s turning into clear that dependence on international provide chains is dangerous, particularly on the subject of primary wants. In the meantime, the local weather disaster calls for a direct shift away from a resource-intensive, polluting international economic system – the identical economic system answerable for the unconscionable hole between wealthy and poor,” she mentioned.

“On this context, localization–a method of bringing the economic system dwelling – is a systemic option to tackle our most urgent international issues,” she added.


Examples of localization actions from all over the world embrace the island of Samsø in Denmark, the world’s first island powered by 100% native, renewable power, the place greater than half of the island’s 21 wind generators are owned by native farmers, and the whole neighborhood collectively selected the location of the generators.

Within the US state of Colorado, the Mountain Roots Meals Mission runs a number of tasks to strengthen meals programs, together with a small farm; a multi-farm Group-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, that includes farmers from across the area; neighborhood gardens the place members work collectively and share the harvest; and a meals rescue programme, connecting food-insecure households with extra produce from yard gardens and farms.

And in Andhra Pradesh, India, the Deccan Improvement Society has created its personal seed banks, millet processing models, native meals retailers, and eating places, and allowed girls to take management of the market, by pushing the state authorities to redirect public subsidies away from mass-produced rice and wheat, and in direction of their indigenous, climate-adapted, nutrient-rich, natural crops.


Seeds are exchanged somewhat than purchased nor bought, permitting the ladies to flee the volatility of corporate-run markets.  

Greater than 5,000 girls have adopted millet-based agrobiodiverse farming approaches and conserved nearly 100 indigenous and drought-resistant seed varieties.

World Localization Day will see  on-line and in-person occasions all through the entire of June, together with talks, debates and workshops to native meals feasts, festivals and neighborhood celebrations, presenting systemic options to the “crisis-ridden international system”, Norberg-Hodge mentioned.

The marketing campaign has garnered the assist of distinguished figures as the Dalai Lama, professor Noam Chomsky, environmentalist Jane Goodall, social commentator Russell Model, journalist Naomi Klein, writer and activist Vandana Shiva, and psychologist Gabor Maté – all of whom have participated in World Localization Day programmes. 

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Catherine Early is a contract environmental journalist and chief reporter for The Ecologist. She tweets at @Cat_Early76. For extra data, go to this website.


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