What is Relocalization?

Updated February 2009

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Relocalization is a strategy to build societies based on the local production of food, energy and goods, and the local development of currency, governance and culture. The main goals of Relocalization are to increase community energy security, to strengthen local economies, and to dramatically improve environmental conditions and social equity.

The Relocalization strategy developed in response to the environmental, social, political and economic impacts of global over-reliance on cheap energy. Our dependence on cheap non-renewable fossil fuel energy has produced climate change, the erosion of community, wars for oil-rich land and the instability of the global economic system.

The Relocalization Network supports local groups in developing community activities and programs that can be implemented locally and as working models for other communities seeking to increase their resilience.

--Read "Relocalization: A Strategic Response to Climate Change and Peak Oil" by Jason Bradford of Willits Economic LocaLization

--Click for more information about joining the Relocalization Network

"Relocalization, to us, is about creating vibrancy and resilience within a community, where community members form the backbone of local governance. It’s about living our respect for all of the natural world by creating healthy means of providing food, transport, healthcare, etc. in a way that is viable for the long-term and is consonant with our best hopes." - Judith Newton, Transition Cotati, CA

"It a very practical, doable solution to both climate change and peak oil. It gives a sound direction and action-orientated answer to the question “but what can I do?” I’ve found people in my local community embrace the idea and feel a commitment to it both locally and they also appreciate its global connections." - Sonya Wallace, Sunshine Coast Energy Action Centre, Queensland, Australia

"Like all community groups and nonprofits, we recognize the very real danger of reinventing the wheel and thereby wasting our own and our supporters time and energy. The Relocalization Network provides a valuable venue for information exchange with other groups like us and a way to see what else is out there, what’s working, and what’s not. - Allyse Hartwell, Bay Localize, CA"

"Relocalization means neighbor helping neighbor. This can be the person next door, the next town over, or folks within the state or region. Every person, business, and organization has unique knowledge and experiences that can be used to build sustainable communities. By combining local expertise with global information, we can create decentralized communities that can be self-sufficient and self-sustaining while still being connected to the global community." - Jessa Turner, HomeGrown Hideaways, CO

Ethanol production workshop at the Sebastopol Energy Garden (Sep07)