Why Deep Adaptation needs re-localisation

Modern capitalism favours large institutions which can spread risk and maximise profit for shareholders, which means that small and local businesses find it very hard to get loans. Other non-commercial community institutions, including government struggle for viability, especially after a decade of austerity.

Professor Jem Bendell

By Matthew Slater (Community Forge & Deep Adaptation Forum) and Jem Bendell (University of Cumbria & Deep Adaptation Forum).

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Deep Adaptation is firstly and mainly about coming to terms with the end of our way of life, and finding in ourselves and each other loving responses in place of fear and blame. Many people, having dwelled in that space for a while, then seek various forms of meaningful action, usually around living more fully and trying to reduce future harm. Increasingly, people are putting energy into re-localising their societies and economies. The rationale for such action is often quite personal. In our experience of engaging with people who are seeking to localise their lives as part of their deep adaptation, the following ideas often come up:

  • there are many links between globalised…

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5 thoughts on “Why Deep Adaptation needs re-localisation

  1. Indeed, Rosaliene. A lot needs to change to make life in California sustainable. With so many people unable to obtain affordable home insurance, I suspect many will be forced to leave the state or at least the endemic desert areas.


    • I have this vision of burned-out people from California trundling eastward, meeting hordes of flooded out people from Florida moving westward. It’s not a pretty vision and sadly, it isn’t so far-fetched.


      • Too right, Sha’Tara. I suspect a lot of people will be leaving cities for rural areas. Without cheap fossil fuel energy, cities will no longer be economically sustainable. There’s just too much energy expended trucking food into cities and trucking waste out.


        • I was raised on a homestead and never saw a city until I became 16, got a license and my hands on an old beater and went away to see the world. When I saw Vancouver, Canada, I instinctively knew from my experiences on a basically self sustaining farm that such monstrosities called cities were naturally and socially unsustainable. I’ve only become more certain of this with time. In our insatiable quest for bodily comforts and physical fulfilment we have allowed ourselves to be herded into prison camps,never realizing the ultimate true purpose of the city environment: maximum control over the maximum number of inmates while this enslaved majority believes it retains any autonomy in the choices it makes. The city is an invention of the controllers and entropic to the extreme.

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