EMERGENCY LOCAL CURRENCY
With avian influenza a growing threat, a global initiative has begun to:
Raise awareness of community currency as a powerful tool for insulating communities from global economic crises and for building resilient and sustainable societies.
- Create simple community currency models for both emergency preparedness and emergency response.
- Develop a network for pre- and post-onset to support the implementation of emergency community currency systems.
Today, most of us live within a single global marketplace, and few in communities capable of functioning autonomously. Consequently, if the global marketplace is crippled by a crisis, such as avian influenza, many communities will need to create local marketplaces to facilitate access to essential commodities. Using local currency is the best way to create local marketplaces. Community currency systems are striking in their simplicity, both as emergency tools and as foundations for sustainable prosperity.
The Emergency Local Currency (ELC) Group is developing two types of emergency community currency - preparedness and response - and building a network to share these strategies and support their implementation in communities.
To learn more about community currency and the ELC initiative, visit BIRDSHOT at The International Complementary Currency Library:
To join the ELC working group, visit: