Deep Ecology, Part 7: From Global Dependence To Local Interdependence

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Deep Ecology for the 21st Century, Part 7: From Global Dependence To Local Interdependence with Jerry Mander and Helena Norberg-Hodge

Global “free trade” was supposed to promote general peace and prosperity. However, we are belatedly finding that these effects only accrue to the global megacorporations that are destroying local economies, cultures, and the natural environment that supports us all. Jerry Mander, author of Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television and co-editor of The Case Against the Global Economy, and for a Turn Toward the Local, describes the challenges we are all facing, as well as the chances we now have to turn things around. Helena Norberg-Hodge, a Swedish philosopher, teacher and activist, provides further detail on the realities of global commerce, and how to counter its hold on our society. “The work we need to do is so much more fun, and so enriching,” she says, “and we can do it right now if we understand how.” Norberg-Hodge has intimately studied the culture and society of Ladakh, and is the author of Ancient Futures: Lessons from Ladakh for a Globalizing World and From the Ground Up: Rethinking Industrial Agriculture. (hosted by Michael Toms)

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Dire threats to environmental protection
  • The fallacy of “free trade” agreements
  • How television resembles global trade agreements
  • Why the same forces that destroy nature also destroy culture
  • How global commerce damages local economies
  • The saving grace of local currencies
  • The most frightening consequence of globalization
  • Supporting local farmers with new business arrangements
  • What a real free market would look like
  • The impact of Western media on Asian cultures
  • The major key to cultural renewal

Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 10/1/1998       Program Number: 2722

Music Included

From Album: Rhythm Color Exotica
Artist: Glen Velez
1996 Ellipsis Arts #CD4140
Track - Doorway to Dionysus

From Album: From the Gekko
Artist: Daboa
1997 Triple Earth #TRECD 115
Track - My New Shoes

From Album: Eco-Challenge: Music From Discovery Channel
Artist: Peter Kater
1997 Earth Sea Records #ESC-1010
Track - Mountain Flute