When I think of relocalization of a bioregion, I mostly think of the healthiness of using less fossil fuels, riding more bikes, and eating really good locally grown food. I think, sometimes, of Gary Paul Nabham’s Coming Home to Eat where he asserts the challenges and pleasures of eating local native foods in the Sonoran Desert while making stern observations about wildlife harmed by genetically modified foods and effects of eating native foods on the native population’s diabetes. In Robert Thayer, Jr.’s book LifePlace he aptly asserts the global impact of sourcing locally:

Raymond Dasman differentiates between ecosystem people and biosphere people, the former being those who live within the ecological limitations of their home area in order to survive and the latter being those tied into the global economy, whose livelihood is not necessarily dependent on the resources of any one particular region. As tool use, long-distance traditioning, communication, and technical dependency evolved, human existence turned away from regional ecosystems toward the modern “biosphere based” condition. In the process many regions became highly dependent upon imports from remote places, and to pay for those imports, particular commodities were harvested far in excess of regional carrying capacities and exported out of our home regions in exchange for needed currencies. This extended the geographic range of human impact well beyond the limits of immediate human perception. In recent history, the main preventatives for the collapse of modern biosphere-based cultures have been the widespread utilization of military force, the accelerated creation of new technologies, and the explotation of nonrenewable fossil fuels.”

Which is to say, those of us participating in relocalization of our biosphere, by planting gardens, choosing CSA’s and farmers markets, refusing fossil fuels, and creating from local materials; we are choosing to opt out of that iniquitous system that causes the most erroneous strife and slaughter globally. Little by little this movement of exemplary living is catching and making a bigger and bigger impact, so I implore you not to take your lifestyle lightly: the small stuff does count.

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