Looking back at Earth

Ice Cream, Shamans, and Climate Change

By Steven Gorelick In the summer of 1969, I was 18 years old with a job driving an ice cream truck in a small New England town. One July afternoon the weather was hot and humid – ideal for ice cream – but business was dismal, the streets almost deserted. Eventually someone ran out and…

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Keeping Your Cool in a World on Fire

This is the first post in our series by the speakers of Voices of Hope in a Time of Crises, a one-day event, which will explore localized solutions to our global problems and launch the International Alliance for Localization. Join the discussion on November 8th at The Cooper Union in New York City. By Catherine…

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Introducing Planet Local

By Sean Keller As the cracks in the global economy continue to widen, the world’s citizens are telling new stories: Off the blustery coast of British Columbia, a fisherman hauls a halibut on board, tail spraying water and scales skittering across the deck. Caught as part of the Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery, it will…

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Land Grabbing and the Threat to Local Land Rights

By Sophie Weiss In recent years, foreign governments and multinational corporations have bought or leased huge tracts of sovereign land in the developing world, converting much of it to industrialized agriculture for export. This “land grabbing” – now widespread across Africa and Asia – is most common in nations with the least secure land tenure…

Medicinal Herbs

Indigenous Knowledge and Global Wellness

By Narayan Dhakal Modern medicine has enabled people to live longer lives, but what have we lost in turning our backs on traditional ways of healing? Today, heart disease is the number one cause of death around the world. An estimated 17.3 million people died from cardiovascular diseases in 2008, representing 30% of all global…

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Local Food and the Art of Tractor Maintenance

By Steven Gorelick The way we describe local food systems can make it seem as though just two parties are involved: we talk about “linking farmers and consumers”, or “shortening the distance between production and consumption”. But a healthy local food system is not just a reciprocal relationship between food producers and consumers. It is…

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Building a Village: Lessons in Urban Living from South Korea

by John Page “This is a very special house. It’s called the House of Happiness through Communication. People live here like a big family.” Our guide was 12 year-old Seon Jae, and we were standing in front of an unremarkable-looking 3-story brick building in Mapo-gu, a district of the high-rise metropolis of Seoul, South Korea.…