Here is ‘Go Local – Expat Backup, Issue 3,’ the third issue of the free, quarterly Expat Backup emagazine. In this issue, we’re going to explore how to adjust to a world that’s rapidly waking up to the twin realities of climate change and peak oil and the effect they’re having—and the effect they’re going to have—on our life choices and communities.
As aid workers, we’re already familiar with the anticipated effects that climate change could have on developing countries’ environments and economies. We may be working in disaster risk reduction, or engineering innovations that address contributing factors, or maybe we’re dedicated to building sustainability in our projects and the communities they serve. It’s harder for us, with our heavy carbon footprints, to look at our personal lives and see what we can do to help. (And no, I’m not going to tell you to stop flying.)
I believe that individual change, innovations and ingenuity can help us mitigate and meet global challenges, and that right now we’re at a tipping point where more and more individuals, companies and communities are recognizing the need for change.
I suspect that a lifestyle less dependent on consumption and more conscious of connection could be much more enjoyable, connected and fulfilling than the way we live now.
This issue takes a look at some of the ways we can start to think about and celebrate change. And it starts with going local.
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P.S. I guest posted on Whydev.org about ‘How to stay in love with your job in aid and development,’ so go and check it out…