Small is Possible
Life in a Local Economy
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|Format: ||Paperback / softback, 226 pages|
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|Published In: ||Canada, 01 October 2007|
In an era when incomprehensibly complex issues like Peak Oil and Climate Change dominate headlines, practical solutions at a local level can seem somehow inadequate. In response, Lyle Estill's "Small is Possible" introduces us to "hometown security," with this chronicle of a community-powered response to resource depletion in a fickle global economy. True stories, springing from the soils of Chatham County, North Carolina, offer a positive counterbalance to the bleakness of our age. This is the story of how one small southern US town found actual solutions to actual problems.Unwilling to rely on government and wary of large corporations, these residents discovered it is possible for a community to feed itself, fuel itself, heal itself and govern itself. This book is filled with newspaper columns, blog entries, letters and essays that have appeared on the margins of small town economies. Tough subjects are handled with humour and finesse. Compelling stories of successful small businesses from the grocery co-op to the biodiesel co-op describe a town and its people on a genuine quest for sustainability. Everyone interested in sustainability, local economy, small business, and whole foods will be inspired by the success stories in this book.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Silk Hope; Global Producers; Going to Town; A Living for One; Economic Re-Development; Main Street; Connecting Ourselves; Feeding Ourselves; Housing Ourselves; Fueling Ourselves; Financing Ourselves; Educating Ourselves; Entertaining Ourselves; Healing Ourselves; Governing Ourselves; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
About the Author
Lyle Estill is President of Piedmont Biofuels Industrial in Moncure, North Carolina. The publisher of the key weblog about the biodiesel movement for several years, he is the CEO of Blast Internet Services and the recipient of numerous awards including Educator of the Year for 2004 from North Carolina Environmental Educator's Association for outreach on biodiesel.
|Publisher: ||New Society Publishers|
|Dimensions: ||21.54 x 14.5 x 1.52 centimetres (0.33 kg)|