WEEKLY VIEWS, REVIEWS & NEWS FROM THE OKANAGAN INSTITUTE|
SUPPORTING LOCAL, SOCIAL, CREATIVE AND NATURAL CAPITAL
The Challenge of Change
FRESHSHEET IS CURATED AND PUBLISHED BY THE |
Your local guide to social and environmental issues.
Freshsheet is a free newsletter delivered weekly by email, and occasionally available at selected locations in the Okanagan.
It is a vital information source reporting and interpreting events and trends, covering the story of our region's response to extraordinary challenges and opportunities, and the story of the emergence of a new culture of local resilience.
There is a story emerging in our world that is not being
told by our media. It is the story of the relocalization movement
that is being precipitated by necessity and possibility.|
This transition represents the end of an era of economic
and population growth stimulated by an abundant supply of
cheap fossil fuels. It also represents the beginning of a change
towards a more balanced and thoughtful approach to the business
of life, and the life of business.
Together we face a convergence of interrelated global challenges
that are forcing us to find better ways of doing things
and making our communities work. We are changing our attitudes
toward and relationship with energy, climate, food,
economics, health, waste, and the environment. At the same
time, we are establishing new norms for how we communicate,
work, live our lives, and ensure that the goods and services we
need are sustainably produced and available from reliable local
sources where possible.
Freshsheet is a local information source reporting and
interpreting the events and trends of our region, covering the
story of our region's response to the extraordinary challenges
and opportunities that we face, and the story of the emergence
of a new culture of local resilience.|
Our emphasis is first to provide information and perspective
on the primary challenges of our region, and the second is
to spotlight inspiring and visionary signs of people rising to the
occasion whether as individuals, neighborhoods, communities,
institutions, companies or organizations.
Currently there is no Okanagan publication that gives ample
coverage to issues of relocalization, food quality and security,
healthy and sustainable business practices, and social responsibility
and social justice, or efforts to deal locally with the
challenges and opportunities of change, developing food, energy
and economic alternatives, and building community. These
are among the issues that Freshsheet addresses.