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


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It Takes a Village...

Posted by Rick Dubrow on September 23, 2015 at 4:49pm 0 Comments

Have you seen the finished Community Bicycle Repair & Information Station, or C-BRIS, that we designed and built on our property on Northwest Avenue?  Better yet, have you used it?

It’s here for you; built for you… hoping to help you get on your bike more and more.  And with…


Patterns for Navigating the Transition to a World in Energy Descent

Posted by David MacLeod on September 3, 2015 at 12:14pm 0 Comments

Integral Leadership Review Integral Leadership Review (ILR) has published the paper I presented to the recent Integral Theory…


Be Working On Yours

Posted by Rick Dubrow on August 6, 2015 at 10:00am 0 Comments

This builder doesn’t build house boats.  No, the typical home we work on simply doesn’t float. Not a big deal, unless predictions come to pass that waters may rise.

Data is already in hand confirming the truth of these predictions.  Daily we learn more and more about the perfect storm, brought to you by the science of climate change. Water is expected to rise by such-and-such an amount by so-and-so a date, and, for those of us with eyes open, we’re observing…


No "Happy Chapter" here

Posted by Rick Dubrow on July 7, 2015 at 11:32am 0 Comments

I’ve heard this term ‘happy chapter’ used to refer to so many a documentary or news report that, although terribly depressing, ends on a happy note.   So, for example, a piece about global warming might end with a description of what’s being done about it.  ‘There’s work being done’, implies the happy chapter; ‘others are on top of it. Not to worry all that much.’

Yes, there’s a compelling motivation for me, or any author or news reporter, to leave you upbeat. …


Enough Already

Posted by Rick Dubrow on June 5, 2015 at 1:54pm 0 Comments

Some of our favorite readerboard quotations are submitted by our friends and neighbors, and one of these recent gems suggests that ‘one must break down before you can break through’. This adage surely rings true as it relates to making lifestyle changes seemingly necessary as our environment deteriorates. Human nature appears to require pain in order to spark change. And the greater the urgency for change, or the more immense the needed change, the more intense must…


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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* 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.

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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

Dianne Foster posted an event

"Save Our Sovereignty" Alliance Citizen Town Hall to discuss the TPP with our Reps. at Syre Center, WCC,

October 12, 2015 from 7pm to 9pm
We the People would like to discuss the Tran-Pacific Partnership with our US Representatives Larsen and Del Bene.  We have a panel of experts on environmental, labor, consumer and indigenous rights related to leaked chapters of the TPP. Now is the time to have our voices heard, as we have 90 days before the Congressional vote.See More
3 hours ago
Profile IconDianne Foster and Josh Shupack joined Transition Whatcom
10 hours ago
Alys Kennedy added a discussion to the group Community Asks and Offers

Rooster needs a home, please

I have a young, healthy (about 4 months old, always fed organic feed and has always had free range access) rooster who needs a new home.  I already have two so can't keep a third.  I would like to sell him for $10.00, to cover costs; and would like to know he is going somewhere where he is wanted.Please contact through TW or call me at 360 312-0231.  Thanks!!See More
Derek Duffy is now a member of Transition Whatcom
Patricia Herlevi commented on David MacLeod's group Community Asks and Offers
"Spare room or couch for tonight (Sep 30) request. Preferably near downtown B-ham or Fairhaven. patriciacrowherlevi at gmail or leave a message at (360) 671-0176. Thank you."
J. C. Walker,Jr. posted a status
"Is anyone creating music with "down the road" themes for the next generation(s) ?"
Sep 29
Jean Elizabeth Brechan is attending David MacLeod's event

Youram Bouman, Stand-Up Economist at WWU Arntzen Hall

September 30, 2015 from 6pm to 7pm
Yoram Bouman, PhD. is the world's first stand-up economist. Come hear about comedy and carbon taxes, plus say Thank You to summer intern Galen who is back at WWU.Yoram Bouman is the man behind the proposed carbon tax for Washington state.Here are the four pillars of their policy proposal:Reduce the state sales tax by one full percentage point.Fund the Working…See More
Sep 27
David MacLeod posted an event

Whatcom County Voter Information Forums at Bellingham City Council Chambers

September 29, 2015 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
The Bellingham/Whatcom League of Women Voters and the City of Bellingham are hosting voter information forums on local candidates and measures. The Bellingham Herald is media sponsor of the events and encourages voters to attend.Whatcom County: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6 at Bellingham City Council Chambers, 210 Lottie St. Candidates for County Executive and candidates for County Council District No.1, Position B and District 2, Position B will speak. Doors open at 6 p.m.Charter…See More
Sep 26


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Sociocultural Boundaries

As an anthropologist, I see planetary problems from a cultural and evolutionary perspective that could offer a different take on the subject.

Peak Oil Review - Oct 5

 A weekly update, including: -Quote of the Week -Oil and the Global Economy, -The Middle East and North Africa, -China, -Russia/Ukraine, -The Briefs

Eco-hacking a Fossil-Free, Collaborative Future

Let’s face it – we’re more or less on our own. The impetus for change has to come from the bottom and the local.

A Season of Salvage

How did that unstoppable summer deluge become a trickle and then a drought?

Resilience and Collapse: Notes from Cyprus

Whatever we do in Cyprus doesn’t really stay in Cyprus. It’s like the effect gets multiplied and spread, from here to the nearby regions, and from there on.



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