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


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An Energy "Renaissance"?

Posted by David MacLeod on April 5, 2014 at 10:13am 0 Comments

Reposted from my Integral Permaculture blog.

David – I thought we were entering an energy “renaissance” with new and easy ways to extract gas via fracking.  Obviously, I understand the downsides of fracking.  Can you elaborate?

Ken Mann

Whatcom County Councilmember

Yes Ken, I…


Wise Man, just learned of him

Posted by Margo Terrill on March 25, 2014 at 10:46pm 0 Comments

Sounds like a rebel to me - I like rebels.

"There is now a single issue before us: survival.
Not merely physical survival, but survival in a world of fulfillment, survival in a living world, where the violets bloom in the springtime, where the stars shine down in all their mystery, survival in a world of meaning."
—Thomas Berry

Oil Company Woes: This is What Energy Depletion Looks Like

Posted by David MacLeod on March 14, 2014 at 12:34pm 0 Comments

The Bellingham Herald had a front page article Wednesday indicating the dismay being expressed by the County Council over the fact that the two largest corporate taxpayers are challenging their property tax assessments.  These would be BP Cherry Point refinery and the Phillips 66 refinery in Ferndale.



Compost Islands for New York

Posted by Margo Terrill on March 14, 2014 at 11:13am 0 Comments

An architectural designer has proposed a series of compost islands for New York City. Not only does it look nice but, of course, solves a huge problem for New York. Good for them! I like all the good, creative energy going into sustainable practices all over the globe. I don't know if this would work - but it is my 'feel good and hopeful' news for the day.…


Celt's Garden - California Dreaming in a Drought

Posted by Celt M. Schira on February 24, 2014 at 7:10pm 2 Comments

It's time to pull out the seed starting trays. Onions, scallions, tomatoes, and perennial herbs first, then as March gets on, Asian green stuff, salad greens, brassicas and flowers. Some delicious green stuff, such as spinach, is essentially water. Water that is becoming expensive and possibly unavailable to California farmers. Even the cute plastic bags of organic salad greens are water piped hundreds of miles from rivers, sprayed on 10,000 acre lettuce patches in the desert and then…


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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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

Kyle Fuller posted an event

Downtown Meeting at The Leopold

April 30, 2014 from 6pm to 7:30pm
Representatives from the city, police department, and other organizations will be on hand to explain their roles in keeping downtown clean and pretty. In addition, attendees will have an opportunity to discuss their experiences and offer their own solutions. All are invited to share ideas and explore ways we can all make downtown more beautiful!See More
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Julie Haupert is now a member of Transition Whatcom
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Paul Kuepfer liked Brian Kerkvliet's video
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Paul Kuepfer posted a video

Local Roots

In an effort to create a culture of independence, networks of people are emerging across the world — diverse in character but unified in an effort to minimize their communities’ reliance on the imperfect and often destructive systems that sustain…
4 hours ago
Margo Terrill liked Joy Patterson's event Produce/Vendor Cart Demonstration Workshop DEADLINE EXTENDED through Wednesday!
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Margo Terrill commented on Joy Patterson's event Produce/Vendor Cart Demonstration Workshop DEADLINE EXTENDED through Wednesday!
"Deadline to register has been extended until Thursday!!! We still need a couple more registrations."
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Celt M. Schira replied to Hank Kastner's discussion Whatcom County food consumption
"Less than two percent of the food consumed in Whatcom County is produced in Whatcom County, and adding in Skagit doesn't change the answer. Less than two percent of Whatcom County's farm gate stays in the Fourth Corner, and that includes…"
Brian Kerkvliet and Thomas Beeler are now friends


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Fracking - headlines

•Marcellus shale legacy wells showing increasing depletion rates •Is the U.S. Shale Boom Going Bust? •Pollution Fears Crush Home Prices Near Fracking Wells •France's Total calls time on Polish shale license •EPA drastically underestimates methane released at drilling sites •Fracking Boom •Does fracking cause quakes? California needs to know.

Living in the Anthropocene?

Richard Heinberg discusses the difference between what he has dubbed the “Techno-Anthropocene” proponents and the “Lean Green” movement.

Think You Know What a Farmer Looks Like? Think Again.

When Lindsey Morris Carpenter was a college student studying art in Philadelphia, she never expected that...she would spend most of her days fixing up tractors, turning piles of manure, and corralling chickens.

UN Panel Looks to Renewables As the Key to Stabilizing Climate

In its latest report, the IPCC makes a strong case for a sharp increase in low-carbon energy production, especially solar and wind, and provides hope that this transformation can occur in time to hold off the worst impacts of global warming.

Loosening the grip of oligarchy

...the next political phase of the campaign started by Occupy is now starting to emerge.



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