The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the fragility of our globalized economies and the need to rethink their organization. States and companies have realized that they can no longer depend on global supply chains that can break down to meet their basic needs. That it was unwise to depend on products from the other side of the world. Such dependence weakens local communities while helping to accelerate the climate crisis.
The World localization day, which will be held online on June 21, aims to promote relocation and local alternatives. To encourage consumers to favor local businesses, farmers and local markets. It is also a question, underlines the press release, of allowing the money to irrigate the local communities in such a way as to support the SMEs which bring the territories to life. Developing the local economy also means reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions at a time when global warming is one of the most serious threats to our world. Led by activist and former alternative Nobel Prize winner Helena Norberg-Hodge, with the support of her NGO Local Futures, the event, which will be held entirely online, will consist of speeches and interviews with personalities such as Joanna Macy, Vandana Shiva, Charles Eisenstein, Russell Brand and Annie Lennox. Film screenings, musical and comic interludes will dot the programme.