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


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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…


Anonymous Resistance

Posted by Rick Dubrow on February 12, 2015 at 11:14am 0 Comments

All too often it can prove edgy to speak your mind.  I get that. Your values surface to the tip of your tongue but you hold tight for fear that you’ll expose a part of yourself at odds with your co-workers; at odds with your spouse, church or employer.

“Do I dare speak up?”

How do you decide?

The answer requires a slight detour.  Let’s focus on an unintended consequence of our military-industrial complex:  the steady loss of…


Quality, well built, Chicken Coop For Sale

Posted by Cipriano Mauricio on February 2, 2015 at 7:38am 0 Comments

Just in time for your spring chickens!

Save material costs on your coop. We've invested over $600 in wood and hardware. Built with care and love. Extra safe from predation. Accommodates 8 full size chickens and 12 bantams. Grab it now before someone else does.

Asking $250. I'll help you dismantle. You haul.

Message me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Have a great week!

Cipriano, Monica, and Milagro…


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)…


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

would appreciate it if members would take this survey

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!


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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

Zachary Robertson posted an event

Volunteer Orientation! (B-Ham Naked Bike Ride) at Food Co-op Connections Building

April 11, 2015 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Come one , come all! Join the movement to (1) Protest our indecent exposure to fossil fuels! (2) Protest body objectification (and taboo) by reclaiming and defining our form! (3) Illustrate bicyclist vulnerability, (4) Celebrate human creativity and self expression! (and of course have fun in doing so!) Organizing is beginning on B-Ham's 7th Annual Naked Bike Ride Event! Come learn how to get involved! Get the "411" on 4-11! We Ride on June 5th, so all collaboration goes far! We will start…See More
Patricia Herlevi commented on David MacLeod's group Community Asks and Offers
"There are some gorgeous dandelions growing on a chemical-free lawn away from car traffic if anyone's interested in digging up the roots.  I'm in Sunnyland near Trader Joe's.  Better hurry if you're interested because at…"
Bruce Horowitz's 2 events were featured
Jean Kroll's event was featured

Roving Garden Party at Bill Sterling's Homestead

March 31, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm
Directions:  Head out N.Shore Approx. 3.5 miles past Britain Rd.When you start down the "S" curves and past the Sandstone cliffs we are the next driveway on the left.  The house behind the road there are 9 parking spots and you can park on the grass along the driveway if weather cooperatesRequested Items to Bring:  I have tools but if someone has a special weeding tool please bring itTasks: Will include weeding,  moving chips to trails, top dressing with compost and transplanting last year’s…See More
Serena Davidson is now a member of Transition Whatcom
BSAC Intern posted an event

Antique & Collectibles Evaluation Show Saturday Apr 11 at 315 Halleck Street, Bellingham WA Bellingham Activity Center

April 11, 2015 from 11am to 4pm
It's happening in April a version of TV's "Antique Roadshow" in Bellingham!  Just like on TV specialist will be on site to look at everything imaginable from fine art, to books, to fine jewelry, to quilts& of course collectibles. Find out the market value of these things and the story behind who made them.  There's nothing like finding out the sculpture in your closet was roma early period brothel and is worth a grand!Doors open at 11am at the Bellingham Sr Activity Center on Saturday April…See More
J. C. Walker,Jr. commented on J. C. Walker,Jr.'s group Whatcom Mycological Response Team
Mar 20
Angela MacLeod commented on David MacLeod's group Community Asks and Offers
"MINT Does anyone have excess mint plants they want to get rid of? I'd like some live mint. I can come dig it up at your directing...I'm open to doing a trade. 733-3541"
Mar 20


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