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Transcript of Economic Localization
The End of an Era
The Amazon—the world’s largest absorber of carbon dioxide, holding nearly 86 billion metric tons of carbon (about 11 years of recent carbon dioxide emissions)—is being destroyed at an alarming rate.
Over the last five months of 2007, more than 1,250 sq. miles—about the size of the U.S. state of Rhode Island, was deforested.
twice the size of
What is it?
History is a tree of possibilities,
in which critical events and decisions
are branch points defining one
of many alternative pathways.
May 2007: 31+ per share
May 2009: .75 per share
May 2007: 55+ per share
May 2009: 3.72 per share
Of the 10 largest bankruptcies in US history,
5 have happened this year:
* Lehman Bros
* Washington Mutual
* Thornburg Mortgage
The National Debt continues to increase
an average of $3.87 billion per day
306,318,671 -- so each
citizen's share is $37,202
Researchers find a 6:1 ration of plastic to zooplankton
Research by NOAA indicate
that the effects of global warming
are already irreversible.
YardBirds bought by home depot.
Only two of the five stores were reopened,
three were closed permanently.
Glacier retreat and disappearance
Sea level rise
Shutdown of thermohaline circulation
Positive feedback effects
Methane release from melting permafrost peat bogs
Methane release from hydrates
Retreat of sea ice
Economic and social Effects
Effects on agriculture
support economic localization
step into the opportunity
Economic Localization Innovation Team
Energy Localization - Community Choice
Land Use Policies
Experimental Zoning Overlays
Office of Sustainability
Sustainability Center with Green Job Incubator
Reduced GHG Emissions
Security & Resiliency
We can make this transition
to a sustainable economy
and livable world.
Getting our needs met with efficiency
Producing more of what we need locally
Keeping things the appropriate size
Investing in ourselves, our communities, our children and grandchildren's future
* The system of production and distribution and consumption
* The efficient use of resources; "economy of effort"
* Frugality in the expenditure of money or resources
* Effective management of the resources of a community or system
Community First Credit Union
Summit State Bank
Friedman's Home Improvement
Taylor Maid Farms
Western Farm Supply
Clone Digital Printing
Corrick's Office Supply
Village Art Supply
Allen Land Design
First Light Farms
Wyatt Irrigation Supply Inc.
Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce
Imaginists Theater Collective
Sonoma Compost Co. LLC
Sonoma County Meat Buying Club
Zazu Restaurant and Farm
Black Pig Meat Company
KRCB Public Broadcasting
Alvarado Street Bakery
Guayaki Sustainable Rainforest Products
Indigineous Designs Corporation
Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, LLC
Natural Investment Services, Inc
Abacus Wealth Partners, LLC
Integral Human Capital
Stillpoint Family Health
Follen & Co.
Performance Management Institute, Inc.
Globalloon Enterprise Solutions
Mary Luttrell Mgmt Consulting Services
Far Fetched Imports, Inc.
Wine Country Brass
Social Equity Group
Old World Winery
Dierk's Parkside Cafe
Dig The Nursery
MJ Everson Financial
Sirius Mac Solutions, LLC
Matt Kramer Voice Mapping
Marsha Sendar, MSPT, CNC
Craig M. Stainbrook Attorney-at-Law
Alana Jelinek Design
CrossFit Sebastopol/West County Play Station
Rileystreet Art Supply
Grapevine Trading Co. Inc
Pure Skin Advanced Skin Care Center
Graton Ridge Cellars
North Coast Solar
Economic localization occurs when a region, county, city—even a neighborhood—frees itself from overdependence on the global economy and invests in local resources to produce a significant portion of the goods, services, food, and energy it consumes.
We believe a strategy that brings production of vital goods and services close to home is more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable than a strategy based on economic globalization.
What do our local businesses think of this?
Rapid, unlimited growth
Extraction from the commons
Saranac Lake, New York
Greenfield Mercantile, Massachusettes
Credit Card Debt
Expo Design Center
Mondragón Cooperative Corporation
4.8 billion dollars of business
350 acres of farmland
was a landfill
in our hands
where do we go from here?
how does it work?
how do we fund economic localization?
Home Depot Focus
Our operating system is broken
Now is the time for
in ourselves,our families,
our neighbors and our
We need a
for a better future
It will take collaboration
and a critical mass
Its population on 31 December 2007 was 22,112.
1 in 2 men
1 in 3 women
Fresh Food Financing Initiative
Leveraged 30M to 120M
New Market Tax Credits
Sonoma County Credit Card Debt
$8,700 per household
TOTAL = 1.5 billion
14.3% Interest Rate
214 million in interest
GO LOCAL FIRST!
government, residents & business
backed by what?