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Visions of a Sustainable World from Yale

The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies is a center for envisioning – – with serious academic rigor – – the scenarios that could get us from today’s reality to a sustainable world.  (Another is the Post-Carbon institute.) This work is critical in painting the “big picture” that we need to guide strategy development on dozens of specific issues.

The video below is an example of the kind of public education work coming out of this school at Yale.  It is a ten-miute sample of the thinking of Alex Steffen, editor of Worldchanging 2.0, a user’s guide urban sustainability and innovation.  At the end, you’ll find links to many more such videos from Yale, including full-length recordings of lectures and panel discussions.

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Ten Reasons to Buy Locally

The following list, from the organization Sustainable South Sound in Olympia WA, succinctly summarizes a lot of important economic and political concepts.

BUY LOCAL! To – – –

1. Strengthen local economy: Studies have shown that buying from an independent, locally owned business, significantly raises the number of times your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms—continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.

2. Increase jobs: Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally in the United States of America.

3. Encourage local prosperity: A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character. Continue Reading →

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