“Localisation is a solution multiplier that offers a systemic far-reaching alternative to corporate capitalism as well as communism. It is a way of dramatically reducing CO2 emissions, energy consumption of all kinds, and waste. Localising economic activity can restore biodiversity, as well as cultural diversity.
“It’s a way of creating meaningful and secure jobs for the entire global population. And perhaps most importantly of all; because it’s about rebuilding the fabric of connection, the fabric of community between people and between people and their local environment: it’s the economics of happiness.”
Helena Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) and its predecessor, the Ladakh Project. She is the author of Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh and co-author of Bringing the Food Economy Home. Her articles have appeared in numerous journals such as The Ecologist, Resurgence, and YES! magazine. Norberg- Hodge’s ground-breaking work in the Himalayan region of Ladakh is internationally recognized, and earned her the Right Livelihood Award.
A particular focus of Norberg-Hodge’s is the impact of the global economy on culture and agriculture and in particular the root causes of our social and environmental crises.
She is on the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture, launched with the support of the government ofTuscany. She is also a member of the editorial board of The Ecologist magazine and a co-founder of the International Forum on Globalisation and the Global Eco-village Network.