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


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New Movie to Adhere

Started by Paul Kuepfer in Food and Agriculture Jan 20. 0 Replies

County Planning Anyone?

Started by J. C. Walker,Jr. in Climate Change. Last reply by J. C. Walker,Jr. Jan 19. 1 Reply

Blog Posts

The Underlying Hook

Posted by Rick Dubrow on January 30, 2015 at 10:19am 0 Comments

Hundreds of times a day you and I swim around our respective fish bowl interacting with the bait of our consumer society.  Advertisements are everywhere we turn.

“Bite on this, won’t you?” 

We’re shown the seductive characteristics of a product – the bait – but we’re not shown the underlying, hidden hook.

What do I mean by that? What hook?

Let’s open our eyes wider and explore the consequences…


Benefits Of Saving Open-Pollinated & Heirloom Seeds - Summary

Posted by Heather K on January 20, 2015 at 4:30pm 3 Comments

Many people wonder what is meant by open-pollination seeds, and the benefits of saving those seeds ,

verses hybrid seeds.                            (2013 post)…


Rick Dubrow's blog post - December 2014 - "Hammering Out My Manifesto"

Posted by Rick Dubrow on January 7, 2015 at 1:11pm 0 Comments

"It’s time to articulate the core assumptions and beliefs that empower THE HAMMER. Before I hammer them out, though, let’s get something straight:  thousands of words, if not books, would be necessary to describe how I’ve arrived at these conclusions. This is a blog, however, and not a book.  So brevity will prevail… for now.   Want to [...] Read More…


Rick Dubrow's Blog Post - Dec. 2014 - "Hike The Ridge With Me"

Posted by Rick Dubrow on January 7, 2015 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

"Over 20 years ago I anchored a radio program on KGMI AM-790 — “On The Level” – about housing and remodeling. My weekly, one-hour show lasted for about 4-1/2 years. Every single Saturday morning at 9 am, November ’91 through late ’94. The show did wonders for getting A-1 Builders on the map, given that [...] Read More…


Rick Dubrow's December 2014 blog post "I'm Done Keeping Quiet!"

Posted by Rick Dubrow on January 7, 2015 at 12:57pm 0 Comments

"I tried, damn it! When my efforts to prevent coal trains from passing through Bellingham failed, the wind in my sails went still. My activism went… inactive. Although we secured twice the necessary signatures to get it on the ballot, our very own progressive Bellingham City Council crushed Coal Free Bellingham’s ‘Community Bill of Rights’, [...]…


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

See Transition Whatcom sponsored events here

TW Operating Group

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Donate to Support Transition Whatcom

* This donation will not be tax deductible

* 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 if you have questions.

*  PayPal takes a percentage of your donation - if you'd like to send us a check you may make it out to: Transition Whatcom and mail it to: 3004 Cherrywood Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225

Many, many thanks for your support!


Did you know??

You can find other TW members in your neighborhood by typing your neighborhood into the search box on the Members page.

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)?

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

Rick Dubrow posted a blog post

The Underlying Hook

Hundreds of times a day you and I swim around our respective fish bowl interacting with the bait of our consumer society.  Advertisements are everywhere we turn.“Bite on this, won’t you?” We’re shown the seductive characteristics of a product – the bait – but we’re not shown the underlying, hidden hook.What do I mean by that? What hook?Let’s open our eyes wider and explore the consequences of consuming the bait…Every time we get hooked and ingest some bait we also consume an obligation to…See More
4 hours ago
renee douvis is now a member of Transition Whatcom
J. C. Walker,Jr. posted a status
Janaki Kilgore and Meghan Andruscavage are now friends
Meghan Andruscavage and Heather K are now friends
Heather K commented on Heather K's event COMMUNITY SEED SWAP & Fundraiser - 2015 - 7th Annual!
"Gratitude to all the Seed Swap Volunteers! To whomever will organize the next 7 years of a January Community Seed Swap, I"m willing to be a 'coach' or 'consultant"! Farmer Meghan, thanks for your exceptional help, and a…"
Meghan Andruscavage is attending Heather K's event

COMMUNITY SEED SWAP & Fundraiser - 2015 - 7th Annual! at The Majestic- 1027 N. Forest St -Bellingham, WA

January 25, 2015 from 2:30am to 5pm
- 7th Annual COMMUNITY SEED SWAP & Fundraiser!"Growing Seeds of Nourishment & Medicine".Sunday,  January 25, 2015 - Majestic Hall - B'ham.We Are All Volunteers - Help With A Task."Honoring Biodiversity of Seeds for Food & Medicine!"  is our swap mission. Doors Open to Public: 2:30-5 pm .Swap & Fundraiser by Donation (cash, check, plastic card)Who Should Attend:     - Seed-Savers & People Donating Heirloom Seeds, or Edible Tubers or Seed-Potatoes (Label your envelopes with…See More
Jan 23
Zachary Robertson posted an event

Earthships! Building Sustainable, Off-Grid Communities at ReSources

February 13, 2015 from 5pm to 7:45pm
Florian Becquereau, Washington State's leading expert on Earthships, will host a discussion about this highly efficient building style and how we can make it more common in the PNW.  The evening will begin with a screening of the film, "Garbage Warrior."  Anyone interested in joining the movement for DIY, off-grid housing should join.See More
Jan 21


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