Introduction

Think Global, Act Local has become an overused cliche but now, with the seriousness of our global problems, it is more important than ever to turn it into something meaningful.  The ONLY WAY we can have an impact is if we unite globally. The power of democracy has always been in the action that can be accomplished by a large number of citizens who share in a common vision while the weakness has always been in apathy which fails to create such a movement.

The modern world runs on centralized systems and institutions upon which we have all become dependent. These large centralized systems ranging from food to energy production, and from governance to economics are at great risk of toppling if we continue on our course of overconsumptive behavior.

It is up to us to be a part of the change we want to see in the world but the very first step is to arm ourselves with the best knowledge available; we cannot fight our enemy unless we know it. Scientists such as Jorgen Randers have warned us that the government and business are incapable of making the changes themselves because they are the ones who have caused the problems in the first place due to a dangerous way of viewing the world called Short Terminism.  This paradigm will never allow long term environmentally sound policies to be made because it does not lead to measurable short term returns (ie. voters or shareholder demands). Hence, it is up to us, the citizens of the world, to lead the way.

It is up to us to make FUNDAMENTAL changes to our own local behavior. Each individual actually wields incredible power for transformation. Each of us belongs to many social networks, as illustrated here and we can have influence in each one. In order to influence others and grow the movement exponentially will require education. This website has been designed as a resource to enable individuals to be informed and to used to educate others on the real issues.

Translating Global Targets into Local Targets and Creating a Movement

In order for individual and various groups of citizens to be empowered to do their part, we need to translate these large global sustainability targets into numbers that are meaningful to individuals and groups acting at the local level. InGienous Designs will convert large global numbers into smaller ones that local groups can strive towards.

Global Safe Limits & our Journey to Downsize

As we begin our journey to reduce our ecological footprint, we need to cognizant of what our Global Planetary Boundaries are. That will allow us to prioritize the most urgent areas that need to be addressed. We then begin calculate our own Ecological Footprint.

To determine our average ecological footprint is by country, look at the graphic on the left (Source: Global Footprint Network). To calculate your own specific ecological footprint, use the calculator below. The subpages in this section provide users with various tips on how to reduce their ecological footprint.