Today is International Permaculture Day.
This is a good time to consider the investment ideas from the Permaculture movement:
“The time now is of transition, of asking yourself,…
Working together to rebuild resilience in Bellingham and all of Whatcom County.
I'm the new Coordinator at the RE Sources Sustainable Community Gardens: The RE Patch. We have raised beds available, central to Lettered Streets, Columbia Neighborhood and Broadway Park! We are also looking for landscape stewards for our food forest, native shade gardens, and xeriscaping as well as donations of plants, tools, mulch materials and occasional volunteers. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the interest of keeping our online conversation as inclusive, informative, respectful, participatory and fun as possible, the TWOG and our web administrator have come up with some guidelines which we hope will be clear and helpful. The guidelines include some suggestions to make your communication as clear and effective as possible, and also a (short!) list of types of communication that we won’t tolerate. These last include obvious things like: name…Continue
Back in 1999 I went in on 20 undeveloped acres of land in rural Whatcom County with some friends. Our plan was to create a small community, start with one shared house and expand out to several dwellings over time. I moved my converted school-bus, w/skylights, bedloft, propane appliances and great storage, onto the property early in 2000 and started clearing garden space. As it happened, the land partners found themselves unable to occupy the land for various reasons, seasons went by, and I…Continue
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.
As a part of Village Books Children’s Book Week, Sarai Stevens, local author/illustrator/community activist, shares her children’s book of papercuts- a book to create dialogue between adults and children around the environmental and economic challenges we face and the great opportunity that stands before us if we choose to grasp it.
As parents and moral beings, Sarai believes we must create healthy systems of being that move us beyond our current economy rooted in consumption and limitless growth. Coming from a place of love and compassion, we can be open with our children about the challenges we face if we actively involve them in envisioning and manifesting new paths to the future. There will be time during discussion for children and adults to share their visions of happier, healthier, more resilient communities. More info here.
(See Transition Whatcom sponsored events here.)
Provide your thoughts on what film TW should show next! Visit the group to add your comments.
Help with existing projects of the Transition Whatcom Organizing Group or suggest projects you are willing to help with! Join the discussion.
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.