I watched a fascinating programme called 'Earthrise' which "explores solutions to today's environmental challenges, taking an upbeat look at ecological, scientific, technological and design projects the world over. Our reporters meet inspiring individuals and communities leading the way in a field few can afford to ignore." (www.aljazeera.com/programmes/earthrise) I have to say this sums it up nicely.
Whilst I am aware that there are many local projects taking shape rooted in sustainability and true social community it was refreshing to see some of these in action. The programme focused on Brixton; it's local currency and renewable energy project. Both of these are laudable. Alongside this was a day out with Tristram Stuart and his anti food waste campaign which revealed the shocking statistics of just how much food is destroyed before it gets anywhere near the markets or shops. Useful advice was given and an insight into how local markets are doing their best to address the way in which food resources are deployed.
These types of projects are growing and will be further fuelled by the mindless destruction that our profit driven economies are swiftly taking us toward. It is worth enquiring into your own locality and any initiatives taking place there. Please give them your support - you may need to rely on them in future!