|PAUL GLOVER ESSAYS: community
control of food, fuel, housing, health care,
planning, education, finance.
Destiny of Dollars
than depending on massive extractive corporations, and our giant
landfill economy, America's economic health relies on millions of tiny
local economies, just as healthy lungs rely on millions of tiny air
sacks. Reviving human economies means reviving local economies,
These essential regional changes have begun, led by millions of American businesses and nonprofit organizations, and recent college grads.
Among the many tools for rebuilding economies is local currency. Ithaca has pioneered this process with Ithaca HOURS (one HOUR = $10.00). Millions of dollars' worth have been traded since 1991. Connecting people rather than controlling them, community cash releases the creativity of area residents to trade more ecologically. Grants are made to community organizations. Loans are made, interest-free. Local government itself could be funded increasingly by local money. With extra money committed to regional development, we're more able to purchase local organic food, solar power, local crafts, energy efficiencies, and holistic health care.
Americans are now forced to build a far better world because the alternative is a far worse world. Preparing our nation to thrive with one-tenth the oil and natural gas and coal begins at home Looking far enough ahead, towards the adulthood of your children, there will be little oil but we will be warm. There will be few cars but we will go faster to places more beautiful. In dry regions there will be no flush toilets but bathrooms will be more sanitary. The most secure housing will be built substantially underground. Cities will grow much of their own food.
Time binds us to great change. And in Ithaca, that Time is Money.