About

World Localization Day June 21, is an annual celebration, convened by the international NGO Local Futures. Together with community groups, organizations, grassroot networks, activists, and even policy makers, we join forces to raise awareness about the need for a global to local shift and to celebrate the worldwide localization movement. A myriad of events and campaigns are hosted all over the world, not just on June 21 – the day itself, but throughout the month of June.

Watch this powerful video by Helena Norberg-Hodge, founder of Local Futures; Damon Gameau, film director of 'That Sugar Film' and '2040'; and Ella Noah Bancroft, indigenous storyteller, together urging people to spread the word about the need for an economic shift from global to local.

Watch this powerful video by Helena Norberg-Hodge, founder of Local Futures; Damon Gameau, film director of 'That Sugar Film' and '2040'; and Ella Noah Bancroft, indigenous storyteller, together urging people to spread the word about the need for an economic shift from global to local.

Watch this powerful video by Helena Norberg-Hodge, founder of Local Futures; Damon Gameau, film director of 'That Sugar Film' and '2040'; and Ella Noah Bancroft, indigenous storyteller, together urging people to spread the word about the need for an economic shift from global to local.

The story behind World Localization Day

In 2020, at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Local Futures´ in-person programs and activities were set on pause. Yet, the need to mobilize around a global to local shift – towards greater self-reliance - was more important than ever. The pandemic highlighted the perils of depending on global trade for basic needs, our ability to cut emissions, and not least, the importance of strong communities and food produced close to home.

This pause in our place-based work and the urgency of the situation, led us to dream: what would it look like to bring together – even if only online – as many voices as possible from the worldwide localization movement for place-based economies? World Localization Day was born and has been expanding ever since!

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Online Festival World Localization Day 2020

Watch our Online Festival featuring over 100 strong voices from around the world sharing successful localization initiatives and strong messages of inspiration. People from 174 countries tuned in to view and participate.

Photo by Avel Chuklanov on Unsplash

Local Futures focused on local food by releasing the video, 'Local Food Can Save the World' and a Local Food Feast campaign. A week-long online program featured voices and perspectives from the localization movement, and over 80 organizations in 30 countries hosted events and activities in the month of June.

Planet Local: A Quiet Revolution

Local Futures released a new film 'Planet Local: A Quiet Revolution', showcasing a growing localization movement. More than 90 groups and innumerous individuals on six continents hosted events.

Posters World Localization Day

From Australia to Zimbabwe, Korea to Germany, Estonia to Argentina, organizations hosted events in June, in the form of  festivals, workshops, online talks, film screenings and neighborhood feasts.

Browse our Resources page and explore the extensive collection of freely available materials specially produced for World Localization Day in the previous years. Find inspiring interviews with strong voices of the movement, watch our webinars featuring world leading activists and get inspired by our latest films and short videos:

What is localization?

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Localization is about shortening the distance between producers and consumers - encouraging diversified production for domestic needs, instead of specialised production for export.

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Localization is about shifting power from transnational corporations to genuinely democratic institutions, while simultaneously building up regional self-reliance.

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Localization brings the economy home - back to a human scale - and allows for goods and services to be produced locally and regionally wherever possible.

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Localization rebuilds our connections to one another and to the natural world – connections that are essential not only for our happiness but for our survival.

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Localization strengthens community cohesion and leads to greater
well-being, while reducing pollution and the degradation of the natural world.

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Who we are

Local Futures, the convenor of World Localization Day, is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to renewing ecological and social well-being by strengthening communities and local economies worldwide.

Our films, books, blog, podcast, webinars, workshops, toolkits, conferences, and campaigns are helping to map out a realistic path towards a truly sustainable future. Local Futures is founded and directed by Helena Norberg-Hodge, a pioneer of the worldwide localization movement. Find out more about Local Futures here.

World Localization Day is an international campaign that involves individuals, groups, organizations and networks on six continents, with new collaborators joining each year. Take a look at our Global Partners, to learn about their inspiring stories and experiences. Join us this year by hosting an event, activity, or campaign on June 21, or on any day in the month of June!

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Browse through inspiring messages, hands-on experiences, and stories of dedication by our global partners spread over six different continents.

Join us for World Localization Day 2024! Sign up for events hosted by Local Futures, our global partners or host your own! Browse our Action Guide for all-year inspiration.

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