Swadeshi movement, which ‘prefers the neighbourhood over the remote’, affects Indian government policy

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Economics, Energy, Environment, Finance, Food, Globalisation, Health, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Manufacturing, Planning, Politics, Poverty, Protest, Transition, Transport, Water

  New Delhi Television online reports that the Swadeshi Jagran Manch and a farmers’ organisation met India’s Environment Minister today to protest against the go-ahead given by the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee on July 18 to field trials of 15 GM crops, including rice, mustard, cotton, chickpea and brinjal. The Environment Minister, in a statement issued later by the SJM […]

Doctor prescribes localisation

Posted Posted in Energy, Environment, Food, Local economies, Low carbon, Procurement, Regional economies, Renewable energy, Sustainability, Transition, Water

. Dr Mansfield, after surveying Macmillan Support’s analysis, continues: Macmillan’s spokesperson acknowledges that cancer survivors are usually weakened in some way by the treatment. This is likely to make them more vulnerable to the other kinds of disease which will eventually carry them off. But not before yet more medical services and long-term support. And most of the half of […]

Does supporting local business build resilient local economies – and a more peaceful world?

Posted Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Fair trade, Food, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Regional economies, Renewable energy, Social Enterprise, Sustainability, Water

Judy Wicks, a board member of the NEI – featured recently on this site – thinks that it does. Looking around for more information, evidence of a very adventurous and constructive life – including living with the Eskimos and working with the Zapatistas  – was easily found online. Her unusual slant on localisation was extracted from the 24th Schumacher Lecture […]

The Resilience imperative – Cooperative Transitions to a Steady State Economy

Posted Posted in Banks, Biodiversity, Books and articles, Co-operatives, Democracy, Economics, Energy, Environment, Finance, Localisation, Mutuals, Transition, Transition Network, Water

Localise West Midland’s co-founder, Patrick Conaty, has just published a book co-authored with Mike Lewis: The Resilience imperative – Cooperative Transitions to a Steady State Economy. It examines many elements of a resilient local economy, collating and critiquing many examples of how this has been achieved all over the world over the last 150 years. The term ‘resilience ‘ is […]

Achieving food security by relocalisation and building up the resilience of our agricultural resources – three voices

Posted Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Export-led growth, Food, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Politics, Regional economies, Transition, Water

At a meeting of Hadlow College’s Rural Focus Group, their Sustainability Champion, Dr Howard Lee, noted that DEFRA is committed to food security in principle but not to food self-sufficiency. The strategic contradiction is that succeeding governments have preferred to promote the export of agricultural and horticultural commodities. Coventry University’s Dr Julia Wright recommends building up the resilience of our […]

Update: Co-operative Energy, founded by Midcounties Co-operative

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Economy, Employee ownership, Employment, Energy, Environment, Low carbon, Renewable energy, Social Enterprise, Transition, Transport, Water

In June last year Localise West Midlands’ board member Phil Beardmore, an environmental consultant, circulated news of the launch of the Confederation of Co-operative Housing, which is forming a partnership with Co-op Energy. LWM was set up in 2002 by a group of individuals who ‘recognise the need to propose positive models for economic activity’, such as this energy co-operative […]

It makes sense to grow more locally, not least for the 20,000 low-income city families

Posted Posted in Energy, Environment, Food, Import substitution, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Planning, Procurement, Regional economies, Transition, Transport, Water

Admitting the limited capacity to grow food in cities, LWM’s co-ordinator recognises the potential for growing more locally and the food security benefits of doing so: “The West Midland has a significant food-producing “regional hinterland” and there is a whole gamut of reasons why we should maximise production, ensuring we have some local food if imports fail – which they […]

Unhooking from transport & energy-intensive economy

Posted Posted in Biodiversity, Economy, Education, Energy, Environment, Food, Localisation, Transition, Transport, Water

Some readers will have visited the late Robert Hart in his Forest Garden in Shropshire. Zac Goldsmith, when reviewing Robert’s book about his life and work, focussed on his perception that growing and seemingly unconnected problems emerge as connected symptoms of something deeper: “The shortening of links between farmers and ‘consumers’, for example, leads not only to the strengthening of […]