“Think global, act local.”
It’s an environmental catch-cry that we’ve all heard, but is it really that important?
After attending an absolutely gob-smacking seminar last Friday night (review coming!), I can unequivocally report that ‘being a local’ is one of the most vital environmental steps we, as a society, can take. The speaker was Nicole Foss, a Peak Oil and Finance Analyst.
Nicole (aka Stoneleigh) delivered a pretty terrifying prognosis for the economic, environmental and social future of the planet. And what was the only glimmer of hope she gave for surviving a depression that will apparently be worse than the 1920s? Banding together as a community… becoming a true local.
What does it mean to be a true local?
In 2005 the Locavore Movement was founded in San Francisco. The movement focused on only buying products within a certain radius of your home – within, say, 100 miles. Buying local produce not only supports your local economy but also removes the massive footprint of imported food; you wouldn’t believe how far your ‘fresh’ fruit and vegetables sometimes travel before they arrive on your plate (more on that in a second!).
While local food choices are a really important step to take, there are also other aspects to a local lifestyle that should be considered.
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