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Enough Already

Posted by Rick Dubrow on June 5, 2015 at 1:54pm 0 Comments

Some of our favorite readerboard quotations are submitted by our friends and neighbors, and one of these recent gems suggests that ‘one must break down before you can break through’. This adage surely rings true as it relates to making lifestyle changes seemingly necessary as our environment deteriorates. Human nature appears to require pain in order to spark change. And the greater the urgency for change, or the more immense the needed change, the more intense must…


Culturally Induced Madness

Posted by Rick Dubrow on May 4, 2015 at 5:04pm 0 Comments

When I was born in 1951 new homes averaged about 300 square feet per person.  Compare this to about 900 square feet per person in 2003… a tripling in size in just 50 years. With this super-sizing comes the inherent fact that our homes generate more pollution and global warming gases than our cars! Our homes demand more energy consumption (12.2 barrels per person per year) than the food we eat (10 barrels per year) and the cars we drive (9 barrels per year).

No wonder…


Chicks-Red Layers

Posted by Rosette on April 23, 2015 at 8:59pm 0 Comments

My daughters and I hatched out 26 chicks in our old-fashioned turn it yourself incubator.

We live on a city lot and need to sell them before the neighbors find out :-)!

These are a Rhode Island Red/Leghorn cross, so as one buyer said, "They will lay out the wazzoo"

Hatched date April 7

Straight Run

$3 each…


Mutating Within

Posted by Rick Dubrow on April 17, 2015 at 6:23pm 2 Comments

I’m 64 years old now. Beyond 60, the youth of old age.  Approaching retirement; defining retirement; exploring succession planning.

What will A-1 Builders and Adaptations Design Studio look like during, and after, Cindi and I extract ourselves from the helm.  Will this extraction be slow or sudden? Will we reduce our hours along a descending, straight line, or along a series of steps leading from fulltime to zero? Great questions, ones we’re discussing daily.  But this…


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.

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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)?

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.


To learn more about the issues, start here

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

Latest Activity

Ronna Loerch posted an event

Oil Train Impacts Forum at Bellingham Public Library,

July 9, 2015 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Panelists have been selected to provide several unique perspectives on the topic and will include:Laura Skelton – Executive Director, Washington Physicians for Social ResponsibilityRebecca Ponzio – Oil Campaign Director, Washington Environmental CouncilSteve Garey – United Steel Workers Local 12-591 (which represents workers at the local Shell, Tesoro and Phillips 66 refineries)Moderator:  Matt Krogh –ForestEthics Extreme Oil Campaign DirectorThese speakers will give short presentations…See More
4 hours ago
Jamie Jedinak replied to terry garrett's discussion For rent: 2 bedroom one bath on 1+acres in Birchwood neighborhood in the group Community Asks and Offers
"Hi Terry, Jamie Jedinak here! I have a close friend who would be delighted to see this place - I have passed on some details.  Her name is Vee Lacourte, in case she calls you!  Thanks,  Jamie"
karen marie poe is now a member of Transition Whatcom
terry garrett replied to terry garrett's discussion For rent: 2 bedroom one bath on 1+acres in Birchwood neighborhood in the group Community Asks and Offers
"I forgot to add my number.  676-7525  Old school, no text. "
terry garrett added a discussion to the group Community Asks and Offers

For rent: 2 bedroom one bath on 1+acres in Birchwood neighborhood

The ranch house from when there was a forty acre farm in the Birchwood neighborhood is up for rent.  Two bedrooms, one bath, root cellar, large garden, fruit trees, black berries.  The garden has annuals of artichokes, asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries, blueberries, some herbs and flowers.  Trees: plum, pear, apple.This is a "shared" property and will rent for $1100 per month, does not include WSG.  The other couple on the property rent also. The house has the major appliances, stove,…See More
terry garrett joined David MacLeod's group

Community Asks and Offers

Exchange goods & services. Post an offer or make a request. The value of the exchange is determined mutually by the people making the trade. Consider also  http://www.fourthcornerexchange.comSee More
Profile IconCindy Micleu and terry garrett joined Transition Whatcom
Jun 25
MarCia McBride McGee, LMP shared Bruce Horowitz's event on Facebook
Jun 23


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