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


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An Energy "Renaissance"?

Posted by David MacLeod on April 5, 2014 at 10:13am 0 Comments

Reposted from my Integral Permaculture blog.

David – I thought we were entering an energy “renaissance” with new and easy ways to extract gas via fracking.  Obviously, I understand the downsides of fracking.  Can you elaborate?

Ken Mann

Whatcom County Councilmember

Yes Ken, I…


Wise Man, just learned of him

Posted by Margo Terrill on March 25, 2014 at 10:46pm 0 Comments

Sounds like a rebel to me - I like rebels.

"There is now a single issue before us: survival.
Not merely physical survival, but survival in a world of fulfillment, survival in a living world, where the violets bloom in the springtime, where the stars shine down in all their mystery, survival in a world of meaning."
—Thomas Berry

Oil Company Woes: This is What Energy Depletion Looks Like

Posted by David MacLeod on March 14, 2014 at 12:34pm 0 Comments

The Bellingham Herald had a front page article Wednesday indicating the dismay being expressed by the County Council over the fact that the two largest corporate taxpayers are challenging their property tax assessments.  These would be BP Cherry Point refinery and the Phillips 66 refinery in Ferndale.



Compost Islands for New York

Posted by Margo Terrill on March 14, 2014 at 11:13am 0 Comments

An architectural designer has proposed a series of compost islands for New York City. Not only does it look nice but, of course, solves a huge problem for New York. Good for them! I like all the good, creative energy going into sustainable practices all over the globe. I don't know if this would work - but it is my 'feel good and hopeful' news for the day.…


Celt's Garden - California Dreaming in a Drought

Posted by Celt M. Schira on February 24, 2014 at 7:10pm 2 Comments

It's time to pull out the seed starting trays. Onions, scallions, tomatoes, and perennial herbs first, then as March gets on, Asian green stuff, salad greens, brassicas and flowers. Some delicious green stuff, such as spinach, is essentially water. Water that is becoming expensive and possibly unavailable to California farmers. Even the cute plastic bags of organic salad greens are water piped hundreds of miles from rivers, sprayed on 10,000 acre lettuce patches in the desert and then…


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

See Transition Whatcom sponsored events here.

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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)?

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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Jean Kroll commented on Jean Kroll's event SB Roving Garden Party 4/29
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Patricia Herlevi commented on David MacLeod's group Community Asks and Offers
"Looking for recycled beeswax? I saved the melted wax from several candles (because I don't like throwing things away) which I'm now happy to pass on. It's about three small zip lock bags full of beeswax.  You would need to remove…"
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Produce/Vendor Cart Demonstration Workshop DEADLINE EXTENDED through Wednesday! at The ReStore

April 30, 2014 at 6pm to May 3, 2014 at 2pm
Learn how to make a cart from Repurposed MaterialInterested in selling produce, honey, flowers or handmade items?This is the workshop for you! Transition Whatcom is partnering with The ReStore’s REvision Division to help you gain the skills necessary to craft your own vendor cart! You will learn:The basic structure for building the frame and platform for making your own unique cart. You will leave this workshop with a ‘roadmap’ of techniques and materials to build your own cart.Features…See More
Tamara Olson is attending Amy Vergillo's event

Cascade Cuts Plant Sale at Cascade Cuts

May 17, 2014 from 9am to 5pm
Cascade Cuts opens to the public for one day a year- a fundraiser for Sustainable Connections' Food and Farming Program!  The extensive wholesale perennial, annual, veggi and herb nursery, Cascade Cuts, is open to the public just one day a year as a fundraiser for Sustainable Connections' Food & Farming Program.See More
Margo Terrill commented on Joy Patterson's event Produce/Vendor Cart Demonstration Workshop
"Four spots still available. Only a day until the registration deadline on the 19th. Will we make it to the required 6 registrations? I hope so!!"
David MacLeod commented on J. C. Walker,Jr.'s video

Apocalypse, Man: Michael C. Ruppert on World's End (Part 1)

"In Memoriam: Michael C. Rupert, Feb. 3, 1951-April 13, 2014"


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Perverse outcomes: Lifting U.S. oil export ban would mean greater dependence on foreign oil

There is a case regarding market efficiency for overturning America's oil export ban, but this is NOT the one the industry is using in its public relations campaign. That's because increased efficiency in the world oil market would actually make the country's oil supply more vulnerable to events abroad.

Landscapes Transform With the Arrival of the Colorado River

The Colorado River returns to the delta - in photos.

Policies for Shareable Cities 2: Transportation

After last week’s introduction, we’re proud to present the first in-depth chapter of Shareable’s invaluable Policies for Sharing Cities Report.

The Art of Hosting – Leadership is Possible from Everywhere

“The art of hosting is an approach to group leadership [which] creates spaces for us to be learning together… co-creating, teaching each other, offering our gifts.”

Is This The End Of China’s Coal Boom?

“The End Of China’s Coal Boom,” is a new, must-read chart-filled report from Greenpeace.



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