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Working together to rebuild resilience in Bellingham and all of Whatcom County.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Pulverized, Ground-up Civilization

Posted by Rick Dubrow on March 16, 2015 at 10:38am 0 Comments

Dust permeates our indoor environment.  It’s everywhere, some of it natural – dead skin, soil, pollen, dust mites.  Some of it unnatural - chemicals, pesticides, rubber, herbicides - all these and more comprise the dust inside our homes and places of work.

What many people don't know is that toxic chemicals are brought inside all the time, simply by wearing your shoes indoors, or from your pets coming in after romping around the yard.  We…

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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.

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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.

 

To learn more about the issues, start here

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

Latest Activity

Carrie Lewis posted events
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Kathryn Jarrett Lyons is now a member of Transition Whatcom
yesterday
Amy Vergillo posted an event

Imagine this! Home & Landscape Tour and Festival at Tour: Whatcom County, Festival: Alley District

June 27, 2015 at 10am to June 28, 2015 at 4pm
Do it yourselfers and those looking for great contractors for an upcoming project will delight in a weekend of exploring beautiful, innovative and eco-friendly homes and Landscapes during the 13th annual Imagine This! Home & Landscape Tour. This year's tour includes 10 amazing locations featuring the best in eco-friendly homes and landscapes and a chance to win a home energy audit with the Community Energy Challenge!New this year! We will be hosting the Sustainable Living Festival as a stop…See More
Saturday
Chris Wolf posted an event

Growing Veterans Plant Sale! at Growing Veterans farm

May 22, 2015 at 10am to May 23, 2015 at 4pm
Growing Veterans is having a spring plant sale, offering 84 varieties of (mostly heirloom) tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetable starts.  All naturally grown, of course!  All proceeds go to support our non-profit program to help veterans heal through organic agriculture and community building.  See More
May 20
Chris Wolf added a discussion to the group Community Asks and Offers
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Tomato, Pepper, and other veggie starts!

Growing Veterans is having a spring plant sale, offering 84 varieties of (mostly heirloom) tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetable starts.  All naturally grown, of course!  Friday and Saturday, May 22 - 23, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Address: 6458 Martin Pl, Lynden WA... off King Tut Rd near Guide Meridian.  All proceeds go to support our non-profit program to help veterans heal through organic agriculture and community building.  Call Matthew at 360-599-0269 for more information.See More
May 20
Chris Wolf added a discussion to the group Earth Gardens: Edible-Medicinal-Wild Habitats (Permaculture Network)
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Tomato, Pepper, and other Veggie Starts

Growing Veterans is having a spring plant sale, offering 84 varieties of (mostly heirloom) tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetable starts.  All naturally grown, of course!  Friday and Saturday, May 22 - 23, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Address: 6458 Martin Pl, Lynden WA... off King Tut Rd near Guide Meridian.  All proceeds go to support our non-profit program to help veterans heal through organic agriculture and community building.  Call Matthew at 360-599-0269 for more information.See More
May 20
David MacLeod commented on Cindi Landreth's group Heart and Soul
"May 2015 Event at Bellingham IONS CREATIVE NAVIGATION of ENERGY DESCENT: Opportunities for Spiritual & Social Transformation David MacLeod We will explore the world in crisis and chaos as an opportunity for social and spiritual transformation as…"
May 16
Mark A. Henderson is now a member of Transition Whatcom
May 15
 
 
 

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