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

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Plant data request

Started by Nick VanDyken in Food and Agriculture Sep 21. 0 Replies

Zoning and Permits?

Started by James Hagarty in General. Last reply by James Hagarty Jun 28. 2 Replies

Army Corps Halts Gateway Pacific Terminal Process

Started by David MacLeod in General. Last reply by J. C. Walker,Jr. May 10. 1 Reply

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Chaos, Havoc, and the American Abyss

Posted by David MacLeod on November 28, 2016 at 7:45pm 0 Comments

Part I: Chaos, Havoc, and the American Abyss

Reposted from my blog at IntegralPermaculture.Wordpress.com

“If a path to the better there be, it begins with a full look at the worst.” – Thomas Hardy

In the final days before the 2016 American presidential election the pundits were out in force, engaged in collective hand-wringing. …

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Slow Sand Fresh Water Filter

Posted by David Culver on November 22, 2016 at 6:54pm 2 Comments

I live in an all-electric home and when the power grid is out we have nothing. No water, no sewer, lights, cooking or anything else. I will have a generator to run sparingly to keep the freezer and the refrigerator going. Our home is a passive solar home with great insulation.

If the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake happens, the grid could be out for a year. During that time, with the well pump not working, we will need a source of clean fresh water.

A slow sand filter, made…

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Second Aid: Lessons Learned From Past Adventures

Posted by Rick Dubrow on November 3, 2016 at 11:51am 0 Comments

All too often I’ll run into another hiker and the following conversation ensues:

“How many nights are you staying out?”

“None… I hope. We’re on a day hike.”

“Then why are you carrying so large a pack?

Allow me to unpack my answer… an answer that addresses situations well beyond wilderness travel. An answer that extends into my settled, civilized life as well.  Why, at home, are Cindi and I prepared for a major natural or…

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Company Day Hike To Mt. Pilchuck Led To Team-Affirming Helicopter Rescue

Posted by Rick Dubrow on September 12, 2016 at 6:10pm 2 Comments

Sunday, September 4th, 2016.  Hikers from our company: Rick Dubrow, Cindi Landreth, Cathie Bertola, Shawn Serdahl, Justus Peterson.

typical-ankle-buster-trail Injuries usually happen upon descent.  So it was on Sunday, 9/4/16 at the 4,420 foot level of Mt. Pilchuck.  Five of us, all co-workers at A-1 Builders and Adaptations Design Studio, on a company dayhike, heard someone screaming in pain from above; close by.  In moments we reached Patricia, a fit 59 year old Peruvian child…

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Justus Peterson’s Journey Towards ‘Greener Pastures’: a Mid-Course Correction

Posted by Rick Dubrow on June 29, 2016 at 9:24am 0 Comments

On January 15th, 2016 I went back to work for A-1 Builders after an interim period of 10 years of lucrative employment in the oil industry.

I turned my back on the oil industry for a number of reasons, but ultimately it was for my health, both physical and mental. But my journey goes deeper than being just about me; my journey sheds light upon our culture’s ‘jobs versus the environment’ debate; upon this region’s challenge to manage the explosive nature of oil by rail;…

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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)?

Transition Initiatives make 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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Aspensong liked David Culver's event Slow Sand Fresh Water Filter - Discussion
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Transition Goshen

The neighborhood group for the Everson-Goshen area. We're gardening, raising animals, preserving food, working on energy and water independence and other projects for a more resiliant, self-reliant, sustainable way of life. Come join us!
Dec 2
Stephen D. Reamer is now a member of Transition Whatcom
Nov 29
Roseanne commented on Rick Dubrow's blog post Company Day Hike To Mt. Pilchuck Led To Team-Affirming Helicopter Rescue
"I was taught in the 90s by the Sierra Club how to be prepared. I was shocked at how people these days take barely anything on a backpack let alone a day hike! We were told to take Sam's splints in case of sprains but broken bones are much…"
Nov 29
Jerry Schuster is attending David Culver's event

Slow Sand Fresh Water Filter - Discussion at Ferndale Library Small Conference Room

December 13, 2016 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Scenario: Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake has happened. The electric grid is down for a year or more. What will you do to have a source of clean fresh water? This filter is a solution that may work for you. I am going to build one soon and would love to talk about how it's built and how it runs. Please come join me if you think you would like to be proactive about this scenario.For more info read  David's…See More
Nov 28
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Faithful to the Future: Inspiring Science, Evolving Faith, Realistic Hope at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

January 23, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm
Free program with Michael Dowd: Monday, Jan. 23, 7pm at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship.Child care will be provided.This program, geared for adults and teens, builds on Rev. Dowd’s most recent TEDx talk, “Reality Reconciles Science and Religion,” and his 17 minute video: “Reality’s Rules: Ten Commandments to Avoid Extinction and Redeem Humanity.” It also…See More
Nov 28
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Faithful to the Future: Inspiring Science, Evolving Faith, Realistic Hope at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

January 23, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm
Free program with Michael Dowd: Monday, Jan. 23, 7pm at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship.Child care will be provided.This program, geared for adults and teens, builds on Rev. Dowd’s most recent TEDx talk, “Reality Reconciles Science and Religion,” and his 17 minute video: “Reality’s Rules: Ten Commandments to Avoid Extinction and Redeem Humanity.” It also…See More
Nov 28
David MacLeod posted a blog post

Chaos, Havoc, and the American Abyss

Part I: Chaos, Havoc, and the American AbyssReposted from my blog at IntegralPermaculture.Wordpress.com“If a path to the better there be, it begins with a full look at the worst.” – Thomas HardyIn the final days before the 2016 American presidential election the pundits were out in force, engaged in collective hand-wringing.  Glancing through lists of commentaries and op-eds, here are some of the titles:Don’t Trust the…See More
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How Two Tribal Women Are Fighting to Protect the Arctic From Oil Drilling

The Gwich'in people of Alaska and Northern Canada have fought for three decades to protect the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling and other threats.

The 2016 Elections: 6 Takeaways for the Economic Cooperation Movement

The election of America’s most prominently parasitic and malicious real estate capitalist to Chief Executive says “this is what happens, Larry.”

How Standing Rock Has Changed us

Here are just a few things that have shifted in our world because of the extraordinary Native-led uprising at Standing Rock.

Black Food Sovereignty: Urban, Rural, and International Connections

Food sovereignty and not merely security, land ownership not tenancy, and thriving not just surviving are the goals of an Earthcare Coalition mobilizing around the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent.

The Commons: A Quiet Revolution

In the contemporary political landscape, the commons blur the lines of the ‘private’ and ‘public’ sectors as we have known them in the last century.

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