Since 1978, Local Futures has been providing the people of Ladakh in the Indian Himalayas with information about the impact of conventional development in other parts of the world, while exploring more sustainable patterns of development in Ladakh itself, based on the use of local knowledge and resources. Our current work in Ladakh is based on over 40 years working in the region.
Our Current Work in Ladakh
Our Local Futures’ team in Ladakh proudly presents this inspiring short film highlighting the importance of local knowledge and traditional skills for young farmers. Watch below or on YouTube:
On March 20, 2021 our Ladakhi-led team organized a ‘Ladakh: The Future of Our Food’ film screening in Leh, with special guest speaker, environmentalist and author, Ashish Kothari followed by a panel discussion.
In recent years we have also organized a number of intensive, interactive workshops with Ladakhi-led organizations, on topics ranging from media literacy to economic localization. Together with the local Ladakhi group Flowering Dharma, we have been running a recurring ‘Mindful Futures’ workshop for young Ladakhi change-makers, collectively exploring environmental and social problems and finding locally-based sustainable solutions.
To read more about our work for the years 2019, 2018 and 2017, click below or browse through our online newsletters for our annual section on Ladakh here.
Mindful Travel & Tourist Education Program
In the mid 1970’s Ladakh was suddenly thrown open to ‘development’ and tourism, which brought many changes to the peaceful, prosperous and largely self-reliant Ladakhi society. The increase of tourists has given the impression that life in the West is better than in Ladakh and has left many, especially young Ladakhis, insecure and confused. The aim of the Local Futures’ Mindful Travel & Tourist Education Program is to address the lack of knowledge between tourist and Ladakhis and to minimise the impact of visitors to Ladakh.
Read more about our program and watch a short video ‘Mindful Travel in Ladakh’ here: