Small-scale composting supports 4 times more jobs and other ways local self-reliance is creating jobs, protecting the environment, and increasing civic engagement in this edition of Localism Works. Read on for current research and models proving the efficacy of local first solutions to today’s biggest challenges.
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Locally owned businesses can help communities thrive — and survive climate change
The ties that will help us survive climate change – stronger social networks, more engaged citizens – are stronger in cities where small, locally owned businesses account for a larger share of the economy. A new body of research is once again illustrating the civic advantages of transitioning more of our economy to community-scaled enterprises. Read more here.
Beyond State’s Rights. What About the Rights of Communities?
The Florida House voted to preempt local governments from enacting “living wage” laws and “sick time” ordinances. 19 states severely restrict or outright abolish the right of local governments to build their telecommunications networks. At this historical moment, where the last bastion of true democracy is at the local level, we need to extend the debate beyond federal vs. states’ rights to include the rights of communities vs. the states. Read on for more.