Globalization is about the unequal incorporation of the nations and peoples of the world into global systems of economic production, distribution, and consumption that underlie differentials of wealth and power. Globalization is at present under the dominant influence of the United States.
It is argued that such globalization is unsustainable, being a threat both to local communities and to planet Earth.
In Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age, Michael H. Shuman asserts (on p. 50), “The key [to sustainable community] is to start with self-reliance and frame local business, labor, and environmental laws and policies around it.”
This section deals with problems of globalization and sustainable alternative systems and actions that can be taken locally. See our Going Local section for some positive alternatives!