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It’s a basic requirement for self-reliance that everyone should be able to sustain themselves. A community will rely on its own people to pool their resources and trade among themselves to ensure their survival. They will scrape every little resource they have so they can use it for their basic needs; of course, they would replenish them for future requirement. Managing wastes by recycling or re-using some of them will leave minimal real waste and be less harmful to the community’s own environment. The innovation of every individual would be a great resource for the community so they can continually support themselves and future generations.

Only when you don’t have the necessary resources to sustain your needs, that you’d start looking for trade partners outside your local area. This is where macro economics will come in: every community (state, nation, region) will compliment each other by sharing resources abundant to other communities. Trading fairly among communities and not exploiting other’s ignorance.

If we rely only from multinational companies to supply us with cheaper products (with poor quality) coming from other countries, then we’d be killing our own self-reliance. Surely, local suppliers would have already priced their products fairly to sustain their own survival and be competitive (with better quality you can scrutinise). We’re not even sure if cheaper products from other countries were traded fairly, though multinational companies claim them to be. One such sample is the world’s reliance to oil: supply is controlled only by few countries belonging to a cartel; we’re all at their mercy. It would be beneficial if supply of money is retained within the community, paid/circulated among its own people; a big disadvantage if paid to multinational companies belonging outside the community.

For this reason we have to consume local products when possible. Reducing our reliance on foreign products by transporting only the minimum necessities will also minimise carbon emission that affect all communities as a whole, wherever we are.

There’s always a need to trade outside our own community, we can’t be totally independent, as each land has its own limited resources. (The truth be said.)

(What is life?)


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the green show

I had it in my calendar for ages. It was supposed to be the first large scale green event I will be going to (the only one I know so far). And I was excited to see what they will have on offer and what new ideas i can find.

Imagine my disappointment when I looked at their website last week. I lifted this text from there,

“Unfortunately, The Green Show has been postponed indefinitely. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

We discovered that small companies did not have the budget to exhibit at a major show, and that larger companies did not necessarily want the two-way conversation afforded by an ‘green’ exhibition. We also discovered that the potential audience for a consumer ‘green’ show is limited: Some environmentally switched-on people were prepared to make the effort to come along, but in the main, there was considerable apathy from ‘the man in the street.’

It’s possible that someone will stage a large and successful ‘green’ show in London, as they do in other major cities around the world. We wish them good luck, and will be interested to speak with them if they wish to try. “

Apathy? And whilst being in London is where I started to make an effort to ‘green-up’ my lifestyle. This is also where every other person on the tube leaves their paper on the train. Where a mother scoldingly tells her teenage son to leave that can of soda on the pavement. Where builders eating their breakfast on the way to the train station drop their food and packaging as they eat. Where the old and young spit anywhere. And leave their dog’s mess for some poor soul to step on. Where the hurried and busy people dump their plastic sandwich packaging, coffee cups and plastic bags in the bin 3 times in a day. This is where household recycling is worst.

Maybe next year?

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