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Think Global, Act Local! - 'Why a 'Neighbourhood That Works' (NTW) is central to sustainability.

If everyone is to enjoy the benefits of a modern lifestyle, Dr. Ted Trainer from NSW University says that a much greater emphasis on local community development is needed. He insists that while greener industries and greener technologies will play an important role in the future, sustainability must also involve more self sufficiency and more cooperation at both household and neighbourhood levels.

"Many people could find a sustainable, high quality lifestyle by working in their local neighbourhood, organising and providing many of the things now done for us by specialists and bureaucracies."

 "Beyond just being a less wasteful place, localisation could turn dry suburbs into productive, culturally and environmentally rich village communities."

 His research provides evidence that localisation and cooperation could reduce our ecological footprint to sustainable levels. "This would create the right environment for justice and peace by allowing a much fairer distribution of the earth's resources between rich and poor nations."

There is a wealth of reputable research that points to the need for active neighbourhoods for social, environmental and economic reasons. The question is how do you create a 'Neighbourhood That Works'?

If you already have housing security, you could just get into it with the supports you will find in the next link "Activities" through “Step By Step Plans” and “Talking Point”. But if lack of housing security is a barrier to putting down such roots, you are in the majority!  

NTW's model embodies a unique way of overcoming this barrier to neighbourhoods that work - check it out at:

Or, before you explore the model, take a deeper look at NTW's sustainability perspective in the below two links.


Environmental Footprint (click here for more info)
NTW calls on the concept of  'Environmental Footprint'. This concept explores the global impact and sustainability implications of a person’s lifestyle.  NTW also sees income as a key indication of a person's consumption.

Sustainable Land Access (click here for more info)
Whether you’re a logger, a politician, an organic farmer or run the Body Shop, the economic bottom line is that you must pay the rent or mortgage. This starting point of commitment to the market involves us in a high level of specialisation, marketing and competition.

While many of us do attempt to work for the good, this increasing pressure to pay is proving to be no basis for our ability to live in a sustainable way.

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