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On Earth Day, an Economics for People and Planet

By Helena Norberg-Hodge Much has changed since the first Earth Day in 1970. Not only have our ecological crises come into sharper focus, it has also become obvious that we need to rescue not just the Earth, but also its people from the clutches of an economy gone mad. Worldwide, more and more people are…

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Saving Tigers: local knowledge and conservation

Our Planet Local series travels to Nepal, where guest author Narayan Dhakal explains how local knowledge can help save tigers, demonstrating that localization is a key element of successful biodiversity conservation around the world. By Narayan Dhakal Before the creation of parks and protected areas, people were connected with natural resources both intrinsically and materially.…

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Towards Alternatives: Radical Ecological Democracy (Part 2)

by Ashish Kothari Local resources, locally managed Localisation, a trend diametrically opposed to globalisation, is based on the belief that those living closest to the resource to be managed (the forest, the sea, the coast, the farm, the urban facility…), would have the greatest stake and often the best knowledge, to manage it. Of course…

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Towards Alternatives: Radical Ecological Democracy (Part 1)

The third in our Planet Local series, this article is excerpted from Globalisation in India: Impacts and Alternatives by Ashish Kothari. Kothari will be speaking at the Economics of Happiness conference in Bangalore, India on March 15th. Readers can learn more about Kothari’s work by listening to the latest episode of Local Bites, ISEC’s podcast program.…

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Planet Local: The Secret of Happiness

The second in our Planet Local-India series, the following article is adapted from a Morning Talk by Sonam Angchuk, founder of the Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL). It was delivered by Angchuk to students from different parts of Ladakh who participated in a Winter Camp this past December. Angchuk will be participating…

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Planet Local: Bhaskar Save, the Gandhi of Natural Farming

We are pleased to introduce our new Planet Local series, showcasing localization initiatives around the world. This blog is the first of three by authors from India to celebrate the occasion of our upcoming Economics of Happiness conference in Bangalore, March 15. By Bharat Mansata, excerpted by Alex Jensen On the 27th January, 2014, Bhaskar…

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The Super Bowl of Subsidies

By Kristen Steele What comes to mind when you think of the Super Bowl? The Bronco’s stunning offense? The glitzy halftime show? Chicken wings and Clydesdales? Call me a spoil sport, but I can’t help thinking subsidies. That’s because even though the NFL (National Football League) generates $51 million a year in ticket sales, $2.1…