Should local-first advocates also help tackle global climate change? On Sunday night in a taped discussion, Bill McKibben told us yes -- "The only thing that can derail this [localism] revolution is how we're degrading the planet." He pointed out that the extreme weather which hit Vermont (in 2010(?)) "washed away the local farms" that had taken 20 years or more to build up. "So we've got to work globally, which is what 350.org is for."
McKibben appeared with 3 others -- public radio host and TED talker Majora Carter, an owner of the business making the brownies in Ben and Jerry's ice cream, and filmmaker David Brancaccio -- in a taped panel discussion following a live local-panel discussion which itself followed Brancaccio's film Fixing the Future, which played Sunday night at the Nevada Theatre.
(Much like Janaia Donaldson's TV series Peak Moment, Brancaccio had filmed highlights of his local-community-projects U.S., road trip, covering community-bootstrapping efforts like time banks, business co-ops and the like.)
When Brancaccio later asked McKibben (paraphrased), "You spend so much time working on this big global problem; when you see these [localism] stories,... are you saying "why talk about these local efforts?",
McKibben's response pulled away to the larget issue: "it's true, we also need to act on a global scale;" to "provede some margin so we can make this transition" to local-based projects.