People and groups from 58 different countries have joined the IAL to date.
Red: Countries with individual members
Blue: Countries with group members
Green: Countries with individual and group members
Individual members come from all walks of life and include:
farmers, teachers, construction workers, community organizers and educators, environmental stewards, peace activists, homesteaders, students, health workers, business consultants, writers, engineers, artists, radio producers, researchers etc.
Groups, businesses and organizations from five continents have joined the IAL. They work on a broad array of issues: social and environmental justice, sustainable food and farming, workers’ rights, local economy, health, indigenous knowledge, holistic education, research & advocacy for strategic policy changes and more.
Why did you join the IAL?
“I am a resident in Alta Verapaz, the richest in natural resources of all the departments of Guatemala, but the poorest at the economic level. I am currently looking for inspiration on how to help promote a sustainable economy in the region by joining the localization movement.”
~Ana Gabriela Lopez Camey, Guatamala~
“I’m a natural resource, environmental, and agricultural economist and am interested in the redesign of economies to promote local, regional, national, and global viability.”
~Julie Suhr Pierce, USA~
“I am new to this concept but feel that the current way of life has to change to something more sustainable. I want to be part of the change.”
~Joyson Davis, India~
“I am a local politician with the Green Party in Norway, and my field of interests regards a turn from globalisation and centralization to more eco-friendly, sustainable localisation of produce, of transport — and of course, of entire societies. I do believe without a turn to regionalism and greater focus on local organisation, that we cannot meet the Paris Agreement on climate control.”
~Ruth Bech, Norway~
“My profession is dentist-periodontologist. I live/work in Athens, Greece. My country is the middle of a huge financial crisis. I believe that another type of economy based in de-growth and happiness is in demand.”
~John Retetagos, Greece~
The Commons is a community space in Newcastle, Australia. It works to build stronger communities rooted in interactions of justice and mutual support.
Community and Public Sector Union:
Federal trade union for Australian Public Services, with representation in every state and territory. CPSU members include people doing work in the areas of administration,
sales, engineering, communications, information technology, technical, scientific research, broadcasting etc.
Peter Evans / Echo Credits – its major focus is to provide (PAT), Data Management / Exchange and Consultancy Services, to any individuals, businesses and communities that provide % discounts upon sustainable and environmental goods, services and products.
Localising Leanganook emerged out of the Local Lives Global Matters conference held in Castlemaine in October 2015. Centred in Mt Alexander shire, Localising Leanganook brings community members together to further explore themes central to the conference: sustaining viable local economies; acting on social and ecological justice; reclaiming democracy; and revitalising spirituality
Farmers movement for biodiversity conservation and food sovereignty.
Noakhali Rural Development Society:
Works with farmers, producers and community organizations to achieve sustainable livelihoods and social justice in the Chittagong region of southeastern Bangladesh.
Pacari Network: (no website)
The Network operates herbal pharmacies in four states in the Cerrado, Central Brazil. The pharmacies serve communities with remedies prepared from medicinal plants, by healer. As a strategy to protect the traditional knowledge and the right to elaborate traditional herbal medicine, the Pacari Network has elaborated a Community Protocol of the Cerrado Healers.
Shiloh Farms Cameroon: (no website)
A youth inspired and youth led agricultural organization, founded in 2014.
Permaculture Association of/du Canada:
Supporting permaculture education, charities and more throughout.
Spirit of the Land:
A community-based network of people across Western Canada working on the premise that our external ecological crises have their foundation in spiritual and cultural disconnections, and that proper ecological stewardship includes addressing and building from these roots.
TorontotheBetter Learning and Development
TorontotheBetter works to strengthen Toronto’s social economy by promoting, researching and and partnering with, Toronto’s many and diverse social enterprises.
Raises awareness about the multiple crises we are living today and their possible solutions through crises community film screenings and discussions, swaps, storytelling, ceremonies, Incredible Edible landscaping projects, potlucks with local food, etc.
Colectivo Flora de Vida: (no website)
A permaculture collective practicing and promoting the use of local resources, permaculture, natural medicine, harmony with nature, eco-construction, consciousness of the global situation, open thinking, spirituality, handcraft, creativity and diversity.
Fundación Para La Paz: (no website)
The Foundation for Peace in Costa Rica, informs about industrial agriculture, mining, fossil fuel extraction, free trade etc. and other aspects of the economic growth model, while sharing news of alternatives and initiatives for a sustainable future.
Source Creative Association: (website coming soon)
A platform for people to offer language classes and creative courses like photography, ceramics, guitar, upcycling, jewelry, etc.
Africa Organics – The Home Farm Project:
Helps young people establish permanent home farms on their own lands, in their own villages, and works to give more prestige to traditional skills and practices —portraying them as valuable assets within a sustainable community.
Rónaőrző Természetvédelmi Egyesület:
Fcoused on conservation and sustainability issues as well as preserving traditional culture, in part by promoting localization through farmer-consumer cooperation and the initiation of the first community supported agriculture programs in the region.
A cooperation between three socially and environmentally conscious small enterprises: Cyclonomia DIY Bicycle Social Cooperative, Zsamboki Biokert, an organic vegetable farm and sustainable agriculture education center, and Kantaa, a self-organized bike messenger company.
Gaia Ecological and Rural Development Foundation:
Is based around an award winning ecovillage built near Galgahévíz. The ecovillage, which was started in response to the unsustainable economic growth model, includes an organic farm, a hotel and a restaurant. The Foundation run campaigns and host training events related to permaculture and sustainable food and farming.
Born out of a passion for promoting sustainable living through trans-disciplinary research and action.
LAKSHYA for Sustainable Development: (no website)
Foments sustainable development in Uttar Pradesh, India. LAKSHYA believes in the power of local communities to develop their own agriculture and food systems, using traditional knowledge and without the interference of big corporations.
Swadeshi Jagaran Manch:
Has organized seminars for the past 24 years to create awareness about the perils of globalization, GATT-WTO, and GM crops, as well as events to promote organic agriculture and local business.
A citizens’ coalition for democracy, working to equip citizens with non-violent strategies to fight corruption.
Onchenda Open Global Food Co-op:
Assists local farmers and market gardeners to start producing healthy food and the e-commerce infrastructure to market, sell and deliver their produce to local consumers, commercial establishments, and institutions.
Vete A La Fruta:
A plant-based coop promoting sustainable lifestyle and social projects, and exploring new ways to make a living while preserving the common good.
Network for Environment and Economic Development (NEED Myanmar):
Educates, trains and empowers the next generation of Burmese civil society leaders in sustainable agriculture, environmental conservation and community-based economic development in order to protect the livelihood, interests, and human rights of all Burmese people.
Digo Bikas Institute:
A Kathmandu-based research and advocacy organization committed to promoting ecological sustainability and social equity at the policy and the community level.
A non-governmental and non-profit organization focused on sustainable development and conservation of natural resources.
Rights of Nature:
Our mission is to increase awareness of the importance of Rights of Nature, the implementation of rights for nature in legislation, and encouraging a participatory society that actively participates in a transition to sustainability.
Localise NZ: (no website)
Localise is about sharing ideas and networking of creative visionaries, providing tools and bringing people together in a collaborative way for the betterment of our community – specifically in Northland, Aotearoa New Zealand.
Humane Earth Advocacy Link (HEAL): (no website)
Heal is open to individuals and groups who share a common concern to make the world more humane and more self-sufficient.
Boikanyo Motlhabeng Foundation: (no website)
Focuses on social and economic development of rural communities around the SADC region in Southern Africa.
Greyton Transition Town:
Brings the community together to find local solutions to the global challenges of peak oil and climate change, with programs that cover food security, waste management, renewable energy, sustainable housing, humane and environmental education and integrated communities.
The Sustainability Institute:
An educational institution that focuses on combining practice with theory in a way that integrates ecology and equity in support of a sustainable South Africa.
Mae Wang Project
The Mae Wang Project is a collaborative effort surrounding the Mae Wang Sanctuary which began in 2016 in the foothills of Mae Wang Mountain in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The primary mission is to support, restore and preserve the fringe-forest habitat in this critical watershed, while also striving to improve the wellbeing of the residents and community through a variety of sustainable farming, agroforestry, educational, wellness, community and creative programs.
The Dream Foundation of Uganda:
A non-profit organization with focused on helping street kids, abandoned pregnant teenagers, widows, and vulnerable children in Uganda.
Local Economy: (no website)
Supports the local economy by strengthening the role and capacity of local farmers, promoting farming businesses as a livelihood amongst younger generations, running seeds saving campaigns and more.
We are a community based think tank that provides a platform to key thinkers, activists and community groups with a view to creating a practical vision for a resilient Birmingham.
The Brixton Pound:
A local currency, lottery, and now a shop. Showcasing what a social economy can be like in Brixton. A better high street is possible!
A leading-edge provider of sustainability education that promotes thriving communities within planetary boundaries via Ecovillage Design Education courses, an E-learning programme “Design for Sustainability,” and specific activities in the Global South.
International Simultaneous Policy Organisation:
Invites citizens around the world to use their votes in a powerful new way to encourage governments to cooperate to solve global problems – problems like global warming, financial market regulation, environmental destruction, war, social injustice, and to promote localization.
Localise West Midlands:
A think tank, campaign group and consultancy working towards a more just and sustainable economy through localisation. Covering the West Midlands of England with occasional work further afield.
Permaculture Picturehouse is a regular permaculture social event in London that shows feature-length and short films on subjects from the whole permaculture spectrum of interests, accompanied by talks from people involved in local and national projects.
Steady State Manchester
Concerned about increasing wealth inequality, climate change and financial instability, Steady State Manchester believes an alternative approach to economic development in the city and region is essential so that all can live well and within planetary limits. We encourage organisations to actively pursue ‘viable economics’ for a safe and good future for us all.
A learning forum for schools to encourage critical thinking, empathy and unlearning. Topics covered include: Climate Change, Culture and Stereotypes, Food, Waste, Happiness, Faith and many more.
Totnes REconomy Project:
The main objective of the Totnes REconomy Project is to create a new kind of community-led economic development that would create an abundance of opportunity for people to meet their needs, and to do so in ways that work with natural systems, are inclusive and fair, and that generally increase the well being of the entire community.
A group of people working on projects to increase the resilience of their small city and make room for wildlife.
Awakening/Art & Culture:
A non-profit organization dedicated to artistry, heritage, imagination and the public interest.
BALE (Building A Local Economy):
A community resource center for local economy initiatives in the White River Valley of Vermont.
Cambridge Naturals is locally owned family business, founded in 1974 with the vision of establishing a community natural health. Products are sourced locally, organically, and ethically via fair trade and direct trade channels. Cambridge Naturals is a certified Sustainable Business leader and part of various “Local First” initiatives.
Center for Global Justice:
Engages in local community support and outreach to promote and advance initiatives and movements toward social justice, grassroots empowerment and democracy, as well as environmental sustainability. The Center is also devoted to critical analysis of the processes and impacts of globalization, both locally and internationally.
CODEPINK/Growing A Local Peace Economy:
Promotes the peace economy model, which encourages us to reinvest in our local communities and calls for creating cultural, social and economic models that cultivate a sense of respect, and uplift all people… not just a select few.
Eat Local NY:
An online marketplace showcasing products that are exclusively made in New York. The goal is to create a streamlined flow of products that will strengthen local food systems and support local economies.
Herbal Education Center: (no website)
Provides education about plant-based medicines derived from primarily bioregional plants that are harvested ethically, sustainably and with the utmost concern for future plant communities and their resiliency.
Holy Cross International Justice Office:
Unites the social justice work of the four Congregations of the Holy Cross, with particular focus on global economic justice, ecological sustainability, the rights of marginalized peoples, peacemaking and nonviolence.
Local First Arizona
Local First Arizona empowers individuals to build the life they want in their local community. Together we can create a stronger economy, a more vibrant community, and better job opportunities for Arizonans.
Macoma is an Aquaponics farm in Southern Nevada.
Our Common Heart:
Supports indigenous people worldwide in the survival of their ancestral knowledge and practices and in the wise choice of future development, with the aim of cultivating thriving, self-reliant, and enduring modern communities in kinship with nature.
Schumacher Center for a New Economics:
Educates the public about an economics that supports both people and the planet, through programs that work to build strong local economies, including local currencies, community land trusts, community supported industry, and more.
A nonprofit organization established to implement local solutions to global issues at the intersection of ecology, education, and design.
Produces images of natural events and their inter-connectedness.
Focuses on creating a compassionate and sustainable world through personal, community and cultural transformation. Simply Living also serves as a Transition Hub in the US Transition Network.
Small Farm Training Centre:
A working organic farm that teaches the ABC’s of local food production and cow husbandry on 1200 acres in Southern Mississippi, while emphasizing the spiritual aspects of localization.
Solar Gardens Institute:
Promotes the development of community solar arrays.
Village Design Institute:
An educational non-profit organization focused on creating and disseminating a scientific, multi-disciplinary knowledge-base to inform the design and development of sustainable community models for the 21st century.
To create and nurture a dynamic alliance of Small holder Farmer Organizations, or SFOs, that promotes organic farming, processing and marketing, in partnership with PELUM Zimbabwe Service Provider Organizations or SPOs, to uplift the welfare of smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe through participatory ecological land use planning and management.
Ana Gabriela Lopez Camey
Iwona van der Spank-Maternicka
The Netherlands/ Poland
Izayah Ugochukwu Uche
Jaci van Neikerk
Jayne (Jasia) Steinmetz
Ngome Sone Palle
Nwe Yin Mon