Locally Owned Infrastructure:
The proposed solution is to generate most of the communities required energy, transport fuel and food, through locally owned service companies, using proven technologies and cooperative business models. Through our experience and research, we have found that it is possible to create 1 job per 20 head of population simply by switching to local consumption in these areas. Therefore, by making this local switch, it is possible to virtually eliminate youth unemployment, and reduce imported energy by over 80%.
The best thing about all of this is that it doesn’t need to be a financial burden on the community, since all of the proposed initiatives are either cost neutral or significantly cost saving. A key requirement is that a critical mass of the town’s population commit to supporting these newly established local service co-ops, through subscribing locally for the services on offer, and in doing so, cut their own cost of living too.
All over the world, we are seeing a switch over to local food and energy production as a natural response to the pressing challenges of our times. LocalSwitch has been formed as a social enterprise to help structure this transition, and assist in creating confident and thriving communities, with full employment and manageable living costs.