David – I thought we were entering an energy “renaissance” with new and easy ways to extract gas via fracking. Obviously, I understand the downsides of fracking. Can you elaborate?
Whatcom County Councilmember
Yes Ken, I…
Working together to rebuild resilience in Bellingham and all of Whatcom County.
Sounds like a rebel to me - I like rebels.
"There is now a single issue before us: survival.
Not merely physical survival, but survival in a world of fulfillment, survival in a living world, where the violets bloom in the springtime, where the stars shine down in all their mystery, survival in a world of meaning."
The Bellingham Herald had a front page article Wednesday indicating the dismay being expressed by the County Council over the fact that the two largest corporate taxpayers are challenging their property tax assessments. These would be BP Cherry Point refinery and the Phillips 66 refinery in Ferndale.Continue
An architectural designer has proposed a series of compost islands for New York City. Not only does it look nice but, of course, solves a huge problem for New York. Good for them! I like all the good, creative energy going into sustainable practices all over the globe. I don't know if this would work - but it is my 'feel good and hopeful' news for the day.…Continue
It's time to pull out the seed starting trays. Onions, scallions, tomatoes, and perennial herbs first, then as March gets on, Asian green stuff, salad greens, brassicas and flowers. Some delicious green stuff, such as spinach, is essentially water. Water that is becoming expensive and possibly unavailable to California farmers. Even the cute plastic bags of organic salad greens are water piped hundreds of miles from rivers, sprayed on 10,000 acre lettuce patches in the desert and then…Continue
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We aim to unleash the collective genius of our community to find the answers to this momentous question:
For all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we...
Dramatically reduce carbon emissions (in response to climate change);
Significantly increase resilience (in response to peak oil);
Greatly strengthen our local economy (in response to economic instability)?
The goal of Transition Whatcom (and all Transition Initiatives) is to create a long term Energy Descent Action Pathway, a blueprint- by the community, for the community- of how to significantly reduce energy use and yet provide for our basic needs in times of energy scarcity.
Transition Initiativesmake no claim to have all the answers, but by building on the wisdom of the past and accessing the pool of ingenuity, skills and determination in our communities, the solutions can readily emerge. Now is the time for us to take stock and to start re-creating our future in ways that are not based on cheap, plentiful and polluting oil but on localized food, sustainable energy sources, resilient local economies and an enlivened sense of community well-being.