Working to strengthen local economies that put the well-being of people and the planet first
Local Futures has been raising awareness about the destructive impacts of globalization for more than four decades, while promoting localization as a systemic solution.
Why do we need a new economic system?
The global economic system commercializes every aspect of the world around us. It’s destroying the natural world, our livelihoods and our well-being.
of global emissions produced by 100 companies
of global population who actively support the current economic system
of the world’s agricultural diversity lost in the last decade
Economic localization: the solution-multiplier
Localization simply means shortening the distance between producers and consumers wherever possible. It is about ensuring that business conforms to the needs of democracy and genuine sustainability.
For individuals it means emphasizing what makes life meaningful: connection with others and with the natural world. Watch below our animation for an overview of the Local Futures’ vision of an ‘economics of happiness’ (translated into over 30 languages).
Our Global Projects
Local Futures’ projects are aimed at helping to catalyze movements for change in the global North and South.
We produce books, films, and other ‘education for action’ tools, and organize activist-oriented conferences and workshops worldwide.
Local Futures’ resources have been translated into over 40 languages.
See our full list of translated materials.