local relationships based on common ideas
From Reliable Prosperity:
From "The Power of Just Doing Stuff" by Rob Hopkins:
The Shift to Internal Investment
Ecological economics posits that human capital cannot be exchanged for natural capital and, as such, that natural capital is undervalued in the current economic system. Ecological economics, which places economics as a subset of ecology, differentiates itself from neoclassical economics by accounting for physical reality; in particular the laws of physics and thermodynamics and an understanding of biological systems.
Literacy is conventionally defined as the ability to read and write, but the definition can also include the ability to express oneself in all forms of language including speech and oral comprehension. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines literacy as "the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts.
All modern communities must move people along streets, bridges, and sometimes through tunnels and underground subways; many move freight by rail, ships, and airfields from central transport centers such as harbors and airports. Modern communities must be powered by electricity and usually natural gas and steam; they must be kept clean by water and wastewater treatment facilities as well as garbage (solid waste) disposal and reuse.
Wildlife habitat conservation is the practice of protecting and preserving the habitat of wildlife species, preventing habitat loss, and promoting land management that enhances wildlife habitat and prevents wildlife species extinction in the long term. Destroying habitats will one day end in the destruction of the world as we know it. Without maintaining healthy habitats, the delicate ecosystems which sustain the Earth will collapse. Wildlife habitat conservation is arguably one of the most important world issues because habitat is the world.
Citizen science is the practice of public participation and collaboration in scientific research to increase scientific knowledge. Through citizen science, people share and contribute to data monitoring and collection programs. Usually this participation is done as an unpaid volunteer. Scientists may create a citizen-science program to capture more or more widely spread data without spending additional funding.
Reliable prosperity depends on the Access to knowledge of its citizens.
Our present economy is systematically contaminating every living cell; destroying and fragmenting habitat; and providing great stress to human populations.
Short-term business decisions do not ensure the long-term viability of living systems or human communities. They also fail to deliver profits over the long run.
The tax code and government subsidies support social and ecological practices that are disadvantageous to the health of the environment and society. The prices of goods and services do not currently reflect the actual social and ecological costs and benefits of their production. This provides market signals that are greatly skewed against reliable prosperity, slowing its diffusion and adoption.
Lacking appropriate market signals, current business practices often harm both ecosystems and human communities.
Conventional education, at all levels, largely ignores the broad context and specific skills that define an emerging reliable prosperity. Fragmented by discipline and disconnected with place, it leaves people ill prepared to direct the enormous transitions that are occurring.
Merry Lea offers public programs for community members of all ages. Throughout the year Merry Lea's Sustainable Farm, and Merry Lea as a whole, hosts a number of community events. Some of these include the Merry Lea farm open house, the spring birding challenge, NatureFest, and many more.
The Institute for Ecological Regeneration, under the umbrella of Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, is committed to bringing renewal
Enormous amounts of wealth are tied up in economic activities that are not likely to play a significant role in reliable prosperity. Many people perceive a significant stake for themselves — personally and economically — in perpetuating the status quo.