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Fossil Fueled Republicans and The Six Myths About Climate Change that Liberals Rarely Question

Posted by David MacLeod on November 30, 2014 at 2:32pm 0 Comments

  

In my final post in the Holiday Smorgasbord series, I want to share two articles that are each directed at (and finding fault with) different ends of the political spectrum. I don’t think the point of either of these articles is to demonize individuals who embrace either conservatism or liberalism, but rather to point out that in general we are not being served by the mainstream political discourse from either perspective. I find these articles…

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Responding to Limits to Growth: Embrace Life and Locate Your Values

Posted by David MacLeod on November 29, 2014 at 4:43pm 0 Comments

In today’s installment of our Holiday Smorgasbord, I bring you two voices that I have been following off and on for the last decade, and who have both been warning about limits to growth, and more importantly what we as individuals can do about it.

Nate Hagens on Limits to Growth: Where We Are and What to Do About It

Nate Hagens, a former “wolf of Wall Street” stock trader/money manager, and then a …

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What’s Going on with Low Gas Prices, Shale Oil, American Energy Independence, and OPEC?

Posted by David MacLeod on November 28, 2014 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

Orlin Wagner/AP (image source: Orlin Wagner/AP)

There’s a lot of confusion going on right now – as the price of gasoline in the U.S. is declining, we are becoming ever more complacent. Today we saw another steep drop in the price of oil…

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A Holiday Smorgasbord Part 2: Permaculture, A Vision of a Post-Oil World

Posted by David MacLeod on November 27, 2014 at 2:10pm 0 Comments

Today’s installment of our holiday smorgasbord features an approach to the environmental crisis and the energy crisis and the economic crisis that I’m very thankful for…Permaculture.

Permaculture, A vision of a post-oil world

Yves Cochet

Yves Cochet…

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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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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)

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Heather K commented on Heather K's group Earth Gardens: Edible-Medicinal-Wild Habitats (Permaculture Network)
"-7th Annual COMMUNITY SEED SWAP & Fundraiser!  Sunday January 25, 2015!- " Growing Seeds of Nourishment & Medicine ".  …"
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Heather K commented on Heather K's event 7th Annual COMMUNITY SEED SWAP & Fundraiser - 2015
"Seed Update! We have received donations from both Irish Eye Seeds, and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds! Weds pm volunteers met and started sorting seeds. If you know of a garden group that donates either their plant, seeds, or produce, with a mission…"
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7th Annual COMMUNITY SEED SWAP & Fundraiser - 2015 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, 2015Volunteers Welcomed! Let us know if you want to help. Doors Open to Public: 2:30-5 pm .Swap & Fundraiser by Donation (cash, check, credit card)Who Should Attend:     - Seed-savers & people donating heirloom seeds, or edible tubers or seed-potatoes (Label your envelopes with plant strain & date).    - People without seeds welcomed who commit to plant seeds, share…See More
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Angela MacLeod commented on Heather Harmony's event Sacred Space Sound Circle
"I'm going to see if Kenyth wants to come too. He's not on Transition W. so he wouldn't be responding here."
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Angela MacLeod might attend Heather Harmony's event
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Sacred Space Sound Circle at Our cosy home

December 18, 2014 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Come out and honor your spirit in a sound circle with intent to go deeply into the experience of authentic being. We will take time to create sacred intentions, breathe deeply, and just BE in a meditative state; either sitting meditation or quiet moving meditation of your choice.  Please call or email your intent to attend, and for clear directions. This event is free.  …See More
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J. C. Walker,Jr. commented on Travis Linds's group Transition Whatcom ARC Group (formally EDAP)
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J. C. Walker,Jr. commented on Travis Linds's group Transition Whatcom ARC Group (formally EDAP)
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Climate: The Crisis and the Movement

The attraction of profit in the short-term overwhelms longer-term considerations, even for the most “enlightened” of businesspeople.

The Lost Right of Gleaning

Amazingly, it is sometimes a criminal act to retrieve food that has been thrown away.

Food Tank's 2014 Winter Reading List

Whether you are sitting on the beach, stuck at the airport, or cuddled up next to the fire this winter, these 18 books can help satisfy your mind, soul, and stomach.

Falling Oil Prices Could Rock Canada's Politics

What do the plummeting oil prices tell us not only about our near term economic future in Canada, but the political fragility of the world's petro states?

Review: Degrowth – A Vocabulary for a New Era

Before anything else it seems important to say that there are lots of chapters in this book that I think are quite excellent as short pithy descriptions of the key concepts of degrowth.

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