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There are many efforts to localize (or, in older communities where older lifeways can be re-asserted, relocalize) to avoid dangerous remote dependencies in water, food and infrastructure. While modern science provides climate change and biodiversity and environmental health? arguments to reduce energy consumption, materials use, and involvement in conflicts elsewhere, many traditional lifeways, e.g. those of Mennonite?s or Inuit? or even quite sophisticated cultures such as Meiji Japan?, were extremely effective at avoiding any such dependencies.

There are many regulatory barriers however to adapting, and so efforts to localize typically require direct support by all levels of government, or at least an agreement not to interfere. In Canada? this means:

  • Provincially?, permitting all municipalities and First Nations to respond to their own local problems with local initiatives, backing off to more of an insurance-like? approach and supporting best practice exchange with foreign jurisdictions rather than made-in-Alberta or made-in-Ontario rules and credentials; cessation of provincial sales tax? at least on local exchange? of services? and organic food?
  • municipal government that nimbly and rapidly reconfigures itself for each new energy conservation? opportunity, and knows exactly how to ration energy in any extended price or supply crisis.

At all levels such efforts require:

  • Active support for worker-owned cooperative?s, locally-owned business? and logical city design
  • Regulatory changes that inhibit land and energy use such as
    • removal of all zoning? ordnances discouraging home office?s or satellite office?s
    • transfer development rights?, tenancy agreement?s, community benefit agreement?s, traffic calming? and similar community agreement?s defined, mediated, and arbitrated by a reliable legal framework
    • an evergreen?ing plan to deliver existing services with less energy, materials and human intervention.




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