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Ten Weeks In

Posted by Rick Dubrow on September 22, 2017 at 4:07pm 0 Comments

Succession came to pass on July 1st, ten weeks ago. A-1 Builders, Inc. is now A-1 Builders, A Design/Build, Worker-Owned Cooperative!  My former employees are now my bosses! For the time being I’m helping the new team deal with marketing on a part time basis; my hours worked per week since July 1st has been on the order of working 1/4 hour a week!  Can’t really call this ‘part time’; I think I’ll call it ‘microscopic time’.

Perhaps in other…

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Slow Sand Fresh Water Filter

Posted by David Culver on November 22, 2016 at 6:54pm 1 Comment

I live in an all-electric home and when the power grid is out we have nothing. No water, no sewer, lights, cooking or anything else. I will have a generator to run sparingly to keep the freezer and the refrigerator going. Our home is a passive solar home with great insulation.

If the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake happens, the grid could be out for a year. During that time, with the well pump not working, we will need a source of clean fresh water.

A slow sand filter, made…

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Second Aid: Lessons Learned From Past Adventures

Posted by Rick Dubrow on November 3, 2016 at 11:51am 0 Comments

All too often I’ll run into another hiker and the following conversation ensues:

“How many nights are you staying out?”

“None… I hope. We’re on a day hike.”

“Then why are you carrying so large a pack?

Allow me to unpack my answer… an answer that addresses situations well beyond wilderness travel. An answer that extends into my settled, civilized life as well.  Why, at home, are Cindi and I prepared for a major natural or…

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Company Day Hike To Mt. Pilchuck Led To Team-Affirming Helicopter Rescue

Posted by Rick Dubrow on September 12, 2016 at 6:10pm 1 Comment

Sunday, September 4th, 2016.  Hikers from our company: Rick Dubrow, Cindi Landreth, Cathie Bertola, Shawn Serdahl, Justus Peterson.

typical-ankle-buster-trail Injuries usually happen upon descent.  So it was on Sunday, 9/4/16 at the 4,420 foot level of Mt. Pilchuck.  Five of us, all co-workers at A-1 Builders and Adaptations Design Studio, on a company dayhike, heard someone screaming in pain from above; close by.  In moments we reached Patricia, a fit 59 year old Peruvian child…

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Justus Peterson’s Journey Towards ‘Greener Pastures’: a Mid-Course Correction

Posted by Rick Dubrow on June 29, 2016 at 9:24am 0 Comments

On January 15th, 2016 I went back to work for A-1 Builders after an interim period of 10 years of lucrative employment in the oil industry.

I turned my back on the oil industry for a number of reasons, but ultimately it was for my health, both physical and mental. But my journey goes deeper than being just about me; my journey sheds light upon our culture’s ‘jobs versus the environment’ debate; upon this region’s challenge to manage the explosive nature of oil by rail;…

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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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Many, many thanks for your support!

 

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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)?

Transition Initiatives make 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)

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Education for Bioregional Regeneration at Inspiration Farm

October 22, 2019 from 4pm to 6pm
Special guest visitor Joe Brewer will come to Inspiration Farm to discuss regenerative education and bioregional development with sustainability practitioners who gather. Bioregional regeneration is part of a global movement to regenerate the entire planet. We must restore health and resilience across various scales from local to global in the coming decades. Free! Joe writes of their travels and intentions: "We are experimenting with ways to be of service as a family while we travel on this…See More
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Regenerative Inspiration in Challenging Times: A Dialogue with Michael Dowd and Joe Brewer at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (BUF)

October 20, 2019 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Free Event: Regenerative Inspiration in Challenging Times: A Dialogue with Michael Dowd and Joe BrewerOctober 20th7:00pm at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship  1207 Ellsworth St. Join us for a dialogue between two friends who share a passion for catalyzing change toward greater resilience in our turbulent world. Topics of discussion may include:The task of bioregional regeneration as part of an emerging global movement to regenerate the entire planet. Humanity has destabilized the Earth's…See More
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Regenerative Inspiration in Challenging Times: A Dialogue with Michael Dowd and Joe Brewer at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (BUF)

October 20, 2019 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Free Event: Regenerative Inspiration in Challenging Times: A Dialogue with Michael Dowd and Joe BrewerOctober 20th7:00pm at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship  1207 Ellsworth St. Join us for a dialogue between two friends who share a passion for catalyzing change toward greater resilience in our turbulent world. Topics of discussion may include:The task of bioregional regeneration as part of an emerging global movement to regenerate the entire planet. Humanity has destabilized the Earth's…See More
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Michael Dowd: A Humble Relationship with Reality at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (BUF)

October 20, 2019 from 10:30am to 12pm
Rev. Michael Dowd will be providing the morning message at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, Sunday morning Worship Service.October 20th10:30am at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. “A Humble Relationship to Reality”Rev. Dowd speaks to the intersection of science, inspiration, and sustainability. He will explore healthy vs. unhealthy ways of relating to temporal and spacial reality and offer practical guidance for nurturing a mythic relationship to time and nature that doesn't…See More
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Rare Wildflower Threatened by Lithium Mine

In a remote corner of Nevada is a wildflower that grows nowhere else on earth. Named “Tiehm’s Buckwheat” (Eriogonum tiehmii), it has been found on only ten acres of public land in the Silver Peak Range of Esmerelda County, and is virtually unknown except to a handful of botanists. Tragically, it is at risk of extinction due to mining activities that have just started in its habitat.

It’s Time to Add Global Justice to XR’s Demands

As two weeks of International Rebellion get underway, including protests around Westminster and across the UK, it is time to be honest about climate emergency in the Global South and to take an explicitly anti-capitalist stance.

Peak Oil Review 21 October 2019

Oil prices slipped last week with Brent down 1.8 percent to close at $59.42.  WTI closed $53.82, down 1.7 percent.  Concerns increased about China’s economy, which slowed to 6 percent year-over-year growth in the third quarter, the slowest growth in 27-1/2 years.  

Pathways to Resilience

While we have always understood the importance of community, cultivating social resilience has become an expanding topic of study for social and agroecological researchers worldwide and a new area of emphasis for us. Social resilience applies to individuals and groups such as families, businesses, communities, and even countries. In times of stability, having social resilience might mean thriving and being more productive.

Climate Politics/Capitol Light (34)

In the midst of it all, Senate Democrats forced a vote on their resolution to deny the administration its Affordable Clean Energy rule (ACE). The resolution called for striking down ACE and reinstating Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP).

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