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General · 5th November 2012
Robyn Budd
Mark Saturday November 10 on your calendar and come to the Community Centre for the screening of another prize winning film sponsored by Sierra Quadra. The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. The unholy alliance of government and big business continues to promote globalization and the corporate power grab. At the same time people everywhere are resisting, demanding re-regulation of trade and finance. A very different future is in the works as communities re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm of localization.
The film puts the issues on the table: globalization breeds cultural confusion, competition and divisiveness; it promotes urban sprawl and the growth of slums; it takes down democracies. Its credo of trade for trade’s sake generates a waste stream that is life threatening to a finite planet. 
The film acknowledges that none of this is new information. What is new, however, is that economic localization as a strategy can actually solve our most serious problems – and there are initiatives all over the globe that point to its success. From urban gardens in Detroit, Michigan to the Transition Town movement in Totnes, UK, the film showcases the benefits of the local food movement that is restoring biological diversity, communities, and local economies worldwide. The numbers are surprising: Via Campesina, for example, is the largest social movement in the world with more than 400 million members.
Featured in the film are Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Samdhong Rinpoche, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Michael Shuman, Zac Goldsmith and Keibo Oiwa. They say that climate change and peak oil give us little choice: we need to localize, to bring the economy home. The good news is that as we move in this direction we will begin not only to heal the earth but also to restore our own sense of well-being. The Economics of Happiness challenges us to restore our faith in humanity, to believe that it is possible to build a better world.
Admission is by donation, and the film starts at 7:30pm. Come early for great desserts and refreshments – doors open at 7pm.