Today I continued independently researching organizations for the Changing Climate Change Portal. I had several insights, with the help of my friend Susan, regarding community initiatives towards localization and efficient community development.
Localization, e.g. local food production and distribution, has an effect on our global carbon levels as less petroleum is necessary in the distribution of food. Additionally, many local farms are promoting organic and/or permaculture techniques that may be far less detrimental to the planet than large scale, petroleum dependent, industrial agricultural systems.
I also found several organizations promoting sustainable development of both dwellings and general community spaces. We can greatly reduce our carbon consumption, and increase our quality of living, by designing our homes and communities to promote resource sharing, proximity, efficiency, and equality.