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Anonymous Resistance

Posted by Rick Dubrow on February 12, 2015 at 11:14am 0 Comments

All too often it can prove edgy to speak your mind.  I get that. Your values surface to the tip of your tongue but you hold tight for fear that you’ll expose a part of yourself at odds with your co-workers; at odds with your spouse, church or employer.

“Do I dare speak up?”

How do you decide?

The answer requires a slight detour.  Let’s focus on an unintended consequence of our military-industrial complex:  the steady loss of…

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Quality, well built, Chicken Coop For Sale

Posted by Cipriano Mauricio on February 2, 2015 at 7:38am 0 Comments

Just in time for your spring chickens!

Save material costs on your coop. We've invested over $600 in wood and hardware. Built with care and love. Extra safe from predation. Accommodates 8 full size chickens and 12 bantams. Grab it now before someone else does.



Asking $250. I'll help you dismantle. You haul.

Message me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Have a great week!

Cipriano, Monica, and Milagro…

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The Underlying Hook

Posted by Rick Dubrow on January 30, 2015 at 10:19am 0 Comments

Hundreds of times a day you and I swim around our respective fish bowl interacting with the bait of our consumer society.  Advertisements are everywhere we turn.

“Bite on this, won’t you?” 

We’re shown the seductive characteristics of a product – the bait – but we’re not shown the underlying, hidden hook.

What do I mean by that? What hook?

Let’s open our eyes wider and explore the consequences…

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Benefits Of Saving Open-Pollinated & Heirloom Seeds - Summary

Posted by Heather K on January 20, 2015 at 4:30pm 3 Comments

Many people wonder what is meant by open-pollination seeds, and the benefits of saving those seeds ,

verses hybrid seeds.                            (2013 post)…

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Rick Dubrow's blog post - December 2014 - "Hammering Out My Manifesto"

Posted by Rick Dubrow on January 7, 2015 at 1:11pm 0 Comments

"It’s time to articulate the core assumptions and beliefs that empower THE HAMMER. Before I hammer them out, though, let’s get something straight:  thousands of words, if not books, would be necessary to describe how I’ve arrived at these conclusions. This is a blog, however, and not a book.  So brevity will prevail… for now.   Want to [...] Read More…

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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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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)

Events

Latest Activity

J. C. Walker,Jr. replied to Heather K's discussion Medicinal Plants/Fungi & Ethnobotany In our Gardens, Meadows, Forests & Homes- Network in the group Earth Gardens: Edible-Medicinal-Wild Habitats (Permaculture Network)
"Attempting my first try at making Turkey Tail kombucha, stay tuned"
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Protect Washington's Waters: Citizen Advocacy Workshop on New Standards at RE Sources Sustainable Living Center

March 5, 2015 from 6pm to 8:30pm
Learn more about how our current laws fail to adequately protect people who eat fish from the Puget Sound. Join the fight for stronger protections. We'll give you a detailed breakdown of the proposed changes in Washington's water quality standards as they relate to local fish consumption, public health concerns, and the state economy. Led by guest speaker Chris Wilke, Executive Director of the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, you'll…See More
Feb 27
Terry Maczuga posted events
Feb 26
J. C. Walker,Jr. commented on J. C. Walker,Jr.'s group Whatcom Mycological Response Team
Feb 25
Richard Kauffman posted a status
"Local pasture raised lamb available at $2/lb live weight or $5/lb hanging weight. three six zero three zero six nine seven two nine"
Feb 25
Richard Kauffman posted a photo

Riverhaven Lambs available for meat

Born Spring 2014 these tender young lambs are available for slaughter on-site or through local abattoir.
Feb 25
David MacLeod's discussion was featured

Transition US Newsletter, Feb 2015

Here is the latest Transition US newsletter.  If you see something that inspires you to want to be involved with locally here with Transition Whatcom, please email twog at transitionwhatcom dot org. …See More
Feb 24
David MacLeod posted a discussion

Transition US Newsletter, Feb 2015

Here is the latest Transition US newsletter.  If you see something that inspires you to want to be involved with locally here with Transition Whatcom, please email twog at transitionwhatcom dot org. …See More
Feb 24
 
 
 

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Peak Meaninglessness

Last week’s discussion of externalities—costs of doing business that get dumped onto the economy, the community, or the environment, so that those doing the dumping can make a bigger profit—is, I’m glad to say, not the first time this issue has been raised recently.

Sustainability for Whom?

Is eco-business leading us to ecological sustainability?

Who Controls Our Food?

A new report from Global Justice Now, From The Roots Up, shows that not only can small-scale organically produced food feed the world, but it can do so better than intensive, corporate-controlled agriculture.

To Drill or Not to Drill: That is the Question

Think of drilling in the Arctic as a future catastrophe in a single enticing package.

Peak Oil Notes - Mar 5

A midweek update. Oil prices have been volatile this week as traders attempt to fathom whether prices are stabilizing due to increasing demand, and eventually falling production, or will undergo another significant drop before rising next summer.

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