Localisation: What is it and why should you care?
At its core, localisation is a commitment to nurturing regional economies, fostering diversity, and prioritising the well-being of communities over unchecked global expansion. It’s a departure from the current trajectory that has, in many instances, exacerbated inequality and led to the depletion of our planet’s vital ecosystems.
In a world dominated by global connectivity and interdependence, the concept of “localisation” emerges as a powerful antidote to the shortcomings of the relentless march of globalisation. As communities worldwide grapple with the consequences of widening wealth disparities and environmental degradation, the call for a shift towards supporting, protecting, and rebuilding local economies is gaining momentum.
Helena Norberg-Hodge is Earthed’s expert in localisation, and in her course teaches why a localised economy revitalises economic systems in a way that understands and respect life itself. Helena is a linguist, author, filmmaker and also the founding director of not for profit Local Futures.
4 Benefits of Localisation
- Reduced Environmental Impact. Local economies often involve shorter supply chains, reducing the environmental impact associated with transportation and logistics. This can contribute to sustainability and lower carbon emissions.
- Community Development. Supporting local businesses fosters community development by creating jobs and stimulating regional economic growth. This can lead to improved living standards and a stronger sense of community.
- Biodiversity Conservation. Local businesses that engage in sustainable practices are more likely to contribute to the conservation of local biodiversity. These businesses can help to protect local flora and fauna.
- Preservation of Local Culture. Local businesses and industries often reflect the unique cultural identity of a region. Supporting local economies helps preserve cultural diversity and heritage.