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Ten Weeks In

Posted by Rick Dubrow on September 22, 2017 at 4:07pm 0 Comments

Succession came to pass on July 1st, ten weeks ago. A-1 Builders, Inc. is now A-1 Builders, A Design/Build, Worker-Owned Cooperative!  My former employees are now my bosses! For the time being I’m helping the new team deal with marketing on a part time basis; my hours worked per week since July 1st has been on the order of working 1/4 hour a week!  Can’t really call this ‘part time’; I think I’ll call it ‘microscopic time’.

Perhaps in other…

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Let's Change the Tune for Housing in Bellingham

Posted by Patricia Herlevi on January 17, 2017 at 4:16pm 0 Comments

Your $10 donation to my Go Fund Me campaign helps me to end a 2+ year housing journey and land in my own home. https://www.gofundme.com/patriciaherlevirelocation

Slow Sand Fresh Water Filter

Posted by David Culver on November 22, 2016 at 6:54pm 1 Comment

I live in an all-electric home and when the power grid is out we have nothing. No water, no sewer, lights, cooking or anything else. I will have a generator to run sparingly to keep the freezer and the refrigerator going. Our home is a passive solar home with great insulation.

If the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake happens, the grid could be out for a year. During that time, with the well pump not working, we will need a source of clean fresh water.

A slow sand filter, made…

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Second Aid: Lessons Learned From Past Adventures

Posted by Rick Dubrow on November 3, 2016 at 11:51am 0 Comments

All too often I’ll run into another hiker and the following conversation ensues:

“How many nights are you staying out?”

“None… I hope. We’re on a day hike.”

“Then why are you carrying so large a pack?

Allow me to unpack my answer… an answer that addresses situations well beyond wilderness travel. An answer that extends into my settled, civilized life as well.  Why, at home, are Cindi and I prepared for a major natural or…

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Company Day Hike To Mt. Pilchuck Led To Team-Affirming Helicopter Rescue

Posted by Rick Dubrow on September 12, 2016 at 6:10pm 1 Comment

Sunday, September 4th, 2016.  Hikers from our company: Rick Dubrow, Cindi Landreth, Cathie Bertola, Shawn Serdahl, Justus Peterson.

typical-ankle-buster-trail Injuries usually happen upon descent.  So it was on Sunday, 9/4/16 at the 4,420 foot level of Mt. Pilchuck.  Five of us, all co-workers at A-1 Builders and Adaptations Design Studio, on a company dayhike, heard someone screaming in pain from above; close by.  In moments we reached Patricia, a fit 59 year old Peruvian child…

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Welcome to Transition Whatcom's Community Networking Site!

This is a community networking site for those interested in helping us achieve our vision of resilient and more self-reliant communities throughout Whatcom County with a local food supply, sustainable energy sources, a healthy local economy, and a growing sense of vitality and community well-being.

About Transition Whatcom

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* These funds will be used to keep this website up and running. They may also be used to support our various activities, i.e. Transition Film Series at the Limelight, design grants, the Skilshare Faire. Please email twog@gmail.com if you have questions.

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Many, many thanks for your support!

 

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Transition Film Series

Provide your thoughts on what film TW should show next! Visit the group to add your comments.

Help the TWOG

Help with existing projects of the Transition Whatcom Organizing Group or suggest projects you are willing to help with! Join the discussion.

To learn more about Transition Whatcom, Start Here


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)?

Transition Initiatives make 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.

 

To learn more about the issues, start here

(Why Transition, Peak Oil, Climate Change, Economy, Peak Everything)

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Gardening in Balance at Chuckanut Center

April 14, 2018 from 3pm to 5pm
Gardening in Balance: Warm up,work wisely, un-windAll ages welcome$15.00Pre-registration requested  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScrM9bY-TSGnIKrVNjXXkpPncU1mBB6Sa7JUmrtGz3lI05hVQ/viewformLearn an accessible full body warm up, practice wise ergonomics for gardening while contributing to the garden, restore yourself with HELP: Healing Easy Lazy Poses that counter…See More
Apr 15
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Common Threads Dirt Fest at Parkview Elementary School Garden, and Goat Mountain Pizza

April 18, 2018 all day
Come celebrate school gardens at Common Threads’ 4th annual Dirt Fest on Wednesday, April 18th. This year, join the Common Threads team for a community-wide garden party at Parkview Elementary 2:30 – 4pm. All families from all schools are welcome. And this is a FREE event!Explore the Parkview School GardenPrepare and taste healthy snacks: Spring Rolls and Dirt Cups!!Enjoy live music, with songs about gardens!Plant and take home garden seedlings!Purchase seeds for your garden!After the garden…See More
Apr 8
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Common Threads Dirt Fest at Parkview Elementary School Garden, and Goat Mountain Pizza

April 18, 2018 all day
Come celebrate school gardens at Common Threads’ 4th annual Dirt Fest on Wednesday, April 18th. This year, join the Common Threads team for a community-wide garden party at Parkview Elementary 2:30 – 4pm. All families from all schools are welcome. And this is a FREE event!Explore the Parkview School GardenPrepare and taste healthy snacks: Spring Rolls and Dirt Cups!!Enjoy live music, with songs about gardens!Plant and take home garden seedlings!Purchase seeds for your garden!After the garden…See More
Apr 8
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Repair Cafe at The Foundry

May 6, 2018 from 3pm to 5pm
The Bellingham Repair Cafe is a monthly get together where volunteers help you fix your broken stuff.We now have the ability to repair clothing and textiles!We make no guarantees but will work with you and do our best.In the past we've fixed lamps, jewelry, computers, power tools, small appliances, etc.Currently we meet on the First Sunday of each month from 3-5pm at the Foundry in Bellingham.By donation.  Nobody turned away.  This is a kid friendly event.See More
Apr 8
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Eating early spring herbs with Shana Lewis at Chuckanut Center

April 7, 2018 from 2pm to 4pm
Explore the Culinary and Medicinal uses of Nettles and Lemon Balm with Shana LewisAges: 12 and up (or by arrangement)$10/person (includes material fee)Register here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScrM9bY-TSGnIKrVNjXXkpPncU1mBB6Sa7JUmrtGz3lI05hVQ/viewform?c=0&w=1Spring is just popping up her head this time of year, and I will introduce everyone in this…See More
Apr 2
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Garden Day at the Community Food Co-op at Community Food Co-op - Both stores

April 14, 2018 from 11am to 1pm
Garden DaySaturday, April 14, 11 am to 1pmCommunity Food Co-op - Both Stores Join us for a fun morning and celebrate spring gardening! WSU Master Gardeners and Common Threads AmeriCorps Food Educators will be on-site at both stores to share advice, answer questions, and host a planting seeds with kids activity. Seeds are being graciously donated by one of our favorite seed suppliers Upraising Seeds.   We will also be featuring a Garden Day Raffle: Win a Annie’s garden promo kit valued at 90…See More
Mar 29
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Garden Day at the Community Food Co-op at Community Food Co-op - Both stores

April 14, 2018 from 11am to 1pm
Garden DaySaturday, April 14, 11 am to 1pmCommunity Food Co-op - Both Stores Join us for a fun morning and celebrate spring gardening! WSU Master Gardeners and Common Threads AmeriCorps Food Educators will be on-site at both stores to share advice, answer questions, and host a planting seeds with kids activity. Seeds are being graciously donated by one of our favorite seed suppliers Upraising Seeds.   We will also be featuring a Garden Day Raffle: Win a Annie’s garden promo kit valued at 90…See More
Mar 29
Dick McManus replied to Dick McManus's discussion How Israel stole our nuke bomb technology and enriched uranium in the group Community Asks and Offers
"I am in the process of writing my next book entitled The Nixon Years.   However, it is turning into a book about the North American Jewish super mafia and how the CIA also used Meyer Lansky's banks to launder CIA covert operation funds…"
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When Winning in Court Won’t Save the Environment: Looking for a Plan “C” (Part 1)

I have been writing a lot lately about the rising number and variety of environmental lawsuits being filed in state and federal courts. The hundreds of active climate-related cases exhibit a wide range of purpose.

Peak Oil Review 23 April 2018

In the last two weeks, London oil futures have increased by $7 a barrel, closing last week at $74.06. New York futures closed circa $5.50 below London. This price differential is making US crude very popular on the world markets so that exports are setting records and drawing down US crude stocks. 

A Blessing or a Curse?

Researchers estimate that the global fossil fuel industry is subsidised to a tune of $5.3 trillion (6.5% of global GDP) every year yet this raises few eyebrows. We believe that subsidies for energy access related projects are not an outlandish proposition and in fact, if implemented correctly could be the catalyst that tips the nascent rural off-grid sector into rapid scalability.

The global village and the surveillance society

Magazine advertisment for Radio Corporation of America: "Freedom to Listen, Freedom to Look" Family in the kitchen, mother knitting, man smoking pipe, listening to radio, David Sarnoff, UNESCO. Appeared in "The Mechanical Bride" by Marshall McCluhan (1951). Via Wimiedia Commons.

The global village has many similarities to an actual village or small town. Fellow villagers and small town neighbors are much more likely to know about each other’s personal lives (often including many of the intimate details) than those who live in a large city. As McLuhan wrote in 1962: “unless aware of this dynamic, we shall at once move into a phase of panic terrors, exactly befitting a small world of tribal drums, total interdependence, and superimposed co-existence.”

What Can Public Spaces Offer to the Globally Displaced?

While there is no one park or town square that can accommodate 22.5 million people, which is the global refugee population according to recent UN estimates, public spaces can still play a key role in addressing today’s global refugee crisis.

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