Designing our Future

Local Perspectives on Bioproduction, Ecosystems and Humanity

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This volume focuses primarily on society at the local and regional levels and on a scenario in which human beings coexist harmoniously with nature. This ideal society is examined in terms of the relationships between villages or towns and their natural environment. It also looks at how these villages and towns can achieve local or regional independence in the face of pressures toward centralization and globalization. This book highlights the importance of developing a society in harmony with nature through the networking of diverse communities to promote and achieve local independence.



Transition initiatives: A grassroots movement to prepare local communities for life after peak oil

There are both optimistic and pessimistic views on the availability of cheap and sufficient fossil fuels for the maintenance of our present lifestyle. Fossil fuels will definitely run out in the future, and how long we can rely on them is still debatable. Here, the progression of a distinctive movement started by a pessimistic school teacher from a very small town in rural England – Totnes in Devon – to a worldwide regional fossil fuel free movement is described.


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