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Why localism is sustainable and effective

Empowering the individual and community for positive change.

Localism is tied closely to sustainability in a time of diminishing food, water and energy resources.

Localism relates closely to sustainability in a time of diminishing food, water and energy resources.

The world cycles through times of plenty and then scarcity, often due to climatic and geological changes in nature.  In times of plenty the focus is size and strength, large dinosaurs like the T-Rex or the powerful sabre-toothed cats of the Ice Age.  When environmental conditions change resulting in less available food, the energy hungry size and strength becomes a disadvantage, such beasts become extinct, replaced by energy-efficient beasts who favour smallness and speed over size and strength; thus the Dire Wolf dies replaced by the Timber Wolf, the Neanderthal replaced by Homo Sapiens.

Experts reckon that by the end of this century the current seven billion human population will grow to 11 billion.  Already there are strains on food, water and energy resources leading to environmental wars.  Climate is changing and global society behaves with wasteful consumerism.  Practically all nations, businesses and individuals drown under excessive debt; the new currency traded, gambled and seen as a tangible commodity is debt.

Against this background of diminishing resources and growing pressures on available resources is the current obsession on size and strength: big business; global brands; huge political entities such as NATO, EU, UN, IMF and many other dinosaurs, so ineffective that they could not collectively bring about a fast recovery of the bodies of victims of the Malaysian plane crash in the Ukraine.

Despite the Scottish rejection of independence the UK political establishment has started a conversation about devolving powers to the grassroots.  The global movement towards localism favouring smallness and sustainability is now relentless and unstoppable.  The notion that empire, central control and top down decision-making can resolve global challenges is unworkable and delusional.  I see this in the coming election battle in Clacton near my town of Colchester where the nationalists who want the UK to leave the EU and close the borders to immigrants will win a stunning victory.  People all over the world at the local level are becoming afraid because they are experiencing the pain of competing against outsiders for an ever diminishing pool of resources they and their families need to survive upon, so that this causes a rise of forms of tribalism such as nationalism and a desire for localism where they can take control of their own resources and decision-making.

The difference between profit and prosperity

Support those that concentrate on prosperity.

Those that concentrate on prosperity benefit all.  You make the difference by supporting only those that put prosperity first as their end goal.

Those that concentrate on prosperity benefit all. You make the difference by supporting only those that put prosperity first as their end goal.

As a stakeholder you should benefit from, have a say in, and participate in anything you are associated with in life, if not then it may be a relationship you need to review.  That which you are stakeholder in can be focussed on either profit or prosperity.  I define prosperity as bringing about happiness, health and abundance.

In the current paradigm most organisations, groups and individuals have their attention only on profit, their beliefs and behaviours are focussed on profit at the expense of other considerations like health and happiness.  Those that place profit first will do so at the expense of their stakeholders the customers, suppliers, employees and investors who will feel used and abused.  Health and happiness is sacrificed for profit, money is the end goal.  Society and the environment is neglected or harmed in the pursuit of profit.

Those that concentrate on prosperity will look after their stakeholders, they will delight their customers and team with good beliefs and behaviour that bring about happiness, health and abundance for everyone.  Those with prosperity as the end goal will care for society and the environment in all their decision-making and processes.

You have the power to make the difference by supporting only those that put prosperity first, avoiding those that are obsessed with profit at all costs.  You are stakeholder not consumer, you benefit from, you participate in, you have a voice, if not, why not? Those that have profit as their end goal will do only harm, those that have prosperity as their end goal benefit all.

Global weather turns hostile

2013 likely will be worse than 2012 for extremes of weather.

Two glowing eyes in the clouds promises a harsh global experience in 2013.

Two glowing eyes in the clouds promises a harsh global weather experience in 2013.

A few days ago I was bouncing around Colchester happy as a bee as the mild spring brought pleasant weather after the floods of rain during December.  The winter in Britain depresses me for its cold and darkness, so I have been liking the mild temperatures this winter, with few frosts, tons of rain and one day of snow.

The blossoms are on the trees; foraging bees were out gathering food; the birds singing their hearts out, creating their territories and finding a mate; the first flowers of spring, including snowdrops were blooming.  At the back of my mind I warned myself to be wary of my optimism, for the British weather is a temperamental animal, which can turn nasty in an instant.  Today temperatures dropped more than ten degrees Celsius on the previous day, something that has an impact of a sledgehammer on the human body, which dislikes sudden temperature changes.  The savage frosts were back and a warning of snow was being made all over the internet.  Damn!

The observant can over time spot trends, which includes weather.  The news of the first ten days of 2013 is grim.  The Middle East has been hammered by the worst storms in ten years, heavy rains and snow; a sense of disbelief that Jerusalem is at a standstill due to heavy snowfall.  In the northern provinces of China winter fell like a hungry beast trapping more than a thousand ships in sea ice, and plunging temperatures deep below freezing point.  In the USA, suffering the continuing drought, winter storms dumped tons of snow on suffering Americans.  New Zealand is in drought, their rivers at the lowest point in years.  Record killer heat waves in Australia and Tasmania resulted in vast wild fires that destroyed homes, took lives and wiped out large swathes of forest and innumerable numbers of wildlife.  Distressed whales that usually visit in summer appeared in winter in Canada, and are a cause of concern being trapped under ice with a diminishing gap in the ice providing them with air.

My prediction is that the weather in 2013 is going to give humanity a worse kicking than it did in 2012.

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Sustainability Action 10: I signed up to a sustainability seminar in Colchester.

Knowledge is power, for knowledge provides the keys to open doors to success.  My progress to be a sustainable individual is hampered by the limits on my knowledge; it is through education that I can increase my knowledge, thus to be a better sustainable individual.  I today signed up to a one day seminar on sustainability at Essex University in Colchester for next week.

I shall learn about how to involve other people in a cooperative atmosphere to design and follow a sustainable process that benefits society, business and the environment.  Currently the world follows unsustainable processes that will lead to human extinction; those processes need to be changed, and it requires all individuals to make those changes together if humanity is to survive.