The Big Picture

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The Big Picture applies to more than just oil. The issue of Peak Oil and humans over reliance on energy is just one piece of the puzzle. Population growth, mass consumerism, global trade and travel along with pollution and environmental degradation are all part of the big picture. If this text was an image it would be a web. All these themes are interrelated and exist in response to each other. The links between poverty, globalization, destruction of the environment and international warfare are all connected and require urgent action.

Relocalization is a response to many of these issues, which is why it cannot simply proscribe in a package for every community. There will be many ways that people Relocalize in their communities.

Here is a list of some Big Picture resources. As with other sections in our resource list, it is important to highlight that this list is by no means exhaustive and that we welcome your participation in compiling a list.

This section will include resources that cover broad topics about lifestyle and the natural world. These resources are meant to give comprehensive background information on topics that relate to the strategy of Relocalization.

Books

Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age by Michael H. Shuman
Shuman, Michael H. 2000. Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age. New York, Routledge.

Localization: A Global Manifesto by Colin Hines
Hines, Colin. 2000. Localization: A Global Manifesto. London: Earthscan Publications Ltd.

Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth by Jim Merkel
Merkel, Jim. 2003. Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth. Gabriola Island, B.C.: New Society Publishers.

Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on Earth by Mathis Wackernagel and William Rees
Wackernagel, Mathis and William Rees. 1996. Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on Earth. Gabriola Island: New Society Publishers.

The Essential Exponential: For the Future of Our Planet by Albert A. Bartlett
Bartlett, Albert A. 2004. The Essential Exponential: For the Future of Our Planet. Lincoln, NE: Center for Science, Mathematics & Computer Education, University of Nebraska.

In a Perfect Ocean: The State of Fisheries and Ecosystems in the North Atlantic Ocean by Daniel Pauly and Jay Maclean
Daniel, Pauly and Jay Maclean. 2003. In a Perfect Ocean: The State of Fisheries and Ecosystems in the North Atlantic Ocean. Washington: Island Press.



Websites

Encyclopedia of Earth
A comprehensive source of environmental information featuring objective, authoritative articles that are written and reviewed by an international community of experts.
www.eoearth.org

Global Climate Campaign
www.globalclimatecampaign.org





Reports

Living Planet Report
Released on October 24, 2006 in Beijing, the report examines the state of the natural world and the impact of human activity upon it, and it confirms we are living further and further beyond our means.
You can download the full report here: [PDF 3.08MB]



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