MNN stalwart Karl Burkart reports on an effort to quantify buying locally. Boulder’s pretty good at this already, and I’d guess that a lot of you are already beating the heck out of this goal. If you’re not, think about all of the local businesses and brands in Boulder — it’s not like we’re wanting for great local goods!
In a March 2009 blog she named her campaign “3/50” which encapsulates her formula for local economic success — spend $50 a month on three different local retailers per month. In so doing (assuming half the employed population spends $150 per month) the U.S. could direct more than $125 billion in local revenue, generating 50 percent more employment and tax opportunities within local communities.
Now with a stalled climate movement and the recent success of the 3/50 local economies campaign, I wonder if the two movements are set to converge. Local economies have a lot going for them — they are inherently low(er) carbon and have broad appeal to people on both sides of the political spectrum. Most importantly, no charts, graphs or slideshows are required.
I think my household already hits that mark pretty easily, but I just might start charting this for kicks.