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.

Learn about localisation, and get practical nature skills with Earthed.

Head to our Earthed Courses and start learning from nature leaders from around the world – why not start with, “Localisation with Helena-Norberg Hodge“.