From Local to Global
Most if not all of us do not have a universal or global view of reality. We live within the confines of our individual and limited reality. Our local economy and local ecology are what we perceive regularly on a day-to-day basis. Nobody has the ability to perceive everything going on everywhere all at once. Hence we cannot have a global feeling of what is happening to the planet except through a system that collects data from everywhere and makes it available to each of us.