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Working with others including from Transition Whangarei a discussion document has been developed that proposes a major re-development of the food system for Northland – from producer, to distribution, to processing, to consumer, including collaboration with a wide cross-section of stakeholders.
Our plan is to develop an interactive database of businesses and organisations in Northland that are rated by their “Local” status – how they rank in terms of local inputs – materials, ownership, financing, energy usage, and other services. This will then be a place to look for people to deal with who wish to promote the idea of keeping resources and ownership local, to build up our community well-being and provide meaningful work for future generations.
Going Local – Ideas for Northland Project
This is about developing a whole paradigm shift away from reliance on the global economy to rebuilding local resilience that then provides a base from which exports and tourism may begin to flourish without jeopardising our natural environment, our communities and the vulnerable. There is a brief summary of the concept on a blog post, parts in much greater detail are here, and parts are in process via online collaboration.
Why? We are starting to realise that:
- The story of infinite GDP growth at any cost equalling a better life for all isn’t working.
- Cheap abundant energy was a temporary state and our binging is soon to be replaced with a very serious hangover.
- Adversarial economics harms and collaboration and open-source economics works.
- As Martin Luther King Jr said, the ultimate measure of a society is how it treats it’s most powerless members.
- What we pay in terms of currency doesn’t necessarily represent the true cost – “externalised” costs such as exploitive labour and environmental practices sour the sweetness of our imported trinkets.
- There is a connection between “cheap” imports and the social disasters that occur when our own people have no work, low-wage unskilled work, or having to accrue student debt – still with no guarantee of actual work at the end.
- We are starting to realise that the a good life cannot be bought – we have gained the world but lost our souls on so many levels.
So let’s learn to focus on what we can change. What could a more localised future look like?
What are we trying to achieve?
Community well-being is a combination of economic, social and spiritual factors. A strong social fabric based around shared values and joint responsibility lies at the heart of this. Economy has only become a “dirty word” when it has been co-opted to the pursuit of individualism and materialism – when sharing and caring has been forgotten. Often specialisation and the desire for efficiency has enabled us to forget the reason for an economy – that all in the “household” will be provided for. All we do economically should be filtered in terms of well-being and the sustainability of our community and land for future generations. We want to join with others interested in this goal to foster diverse and creative ways to facilitate this. Please pass this on to others who may be interested in exploring this. “Like” our Facebook page if you haven’t already done so or sign up to receive emails.
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