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It Takes a Village...

Posted by Rick Dubrow on September 23, 2015 at 4:49pm 0 Comments

Have you seen the finished Community Bicycle Repair & Information Station, or C-BRIS, that we designed and built on our property on Northwest Avenue?  Better yet, have you used it?

It’s here for you; built for you… hoping to help you get on your bike more and more.  And with…


Patterns for Navigating the Transition to a World in Energy Descent

Posted by David MacLeod on September 3, 2015 at 12:14pm 0 Comments

Integral Leadership Review Integral Leadership Review (ILR) has published the paper I presented to the recent Integral Theory…


Be Working On Yours

Posted by Rick Dubrow on August 6, 2015 at 10:00am 0 Comments

This builder doesn’t build house boats.  No, the typical home we work on simply doesn’t float. Not a big deal, unless predictions come to pass that waters may rise.

Data is already in hand confirming the truth of these predictions.  Daily we learn more and more about the perfect storm, brought to you by the science of climate change. Water is expected to rise by such-and-such an amount by so-and-so a date, and, for those of us with eyes open, we’re observing…


No "Happy Chapter" here

Posted by Rick Dubrow on July 7, 2015 at 11:32am 0 Comments

I’ve heard this term ‘happy chapter’ used to refer to so many a documentary or news report that, although terribly depressing, ends on a happy note.   So, for example, a piece about global warming might end with a description of what’s being done about it.  ‘There’s work being done’, implies the happy chapter; ‘others are on top of it. Not to worry all that much.’

Yes, there’s a compelling motivation for me, or any author or news reporter, to leave you upbeat. …


Enough Already

Posted by Rick Dubrow on June 5, 2015 at 1:54pm 0 Comments

Some of our favorite readerboard quotations are submitted by our friends and neighbors, and one of these recent gems suggests that ‘one must break down before you can break through’. This adage surely rings true as it relates to making lifestyle changes seemingly necessary as our environment deteriorates. Human nature appears to require pain in order to spark change. And the greater the urgency for change, or the more immense the needed change, the more intense must…


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

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* These funds will be used to keep this website up and running. They may also be used to support our various activities, i.e. Transition Film Series at the Limelight, design grants, the Skilshare Faire. Please email if you have questions.

*  PayPal takes a percentage of your donation - if you'd like to send us a check you may make it out to: Transition Whatcom and mail it to: 3004 Cherrywood Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225

Many, many thanks for your support!


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You can find other TW members in your neighborhood by typing your neighborhood into the search box on the Members page.

Transition Film Series

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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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Laura J Sellens added 2 discussions to the group Community Asks and Offers
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"Save Our Sovereignty" Alliance Citizen Town Hall to discuss the TPP with our Reps. at Syre Center, WCC,

October 12, 2015 from 7pm to 9pm
We the People would like to discuss the Tran-Pacific Partnership with our US Representatives Larsen and Del Bene.  We have a panel of experts on environmental, labor, consumer and indigenous rights related to leaked chapters of the TPP. Now is the time to have our voices heard, as we have 90 days before the Congressional vote.We have a panel of experts moderated by radio host Joe Teehan to address constituents and our representatives on the other side of the “free trade” issue from the one…See More
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October Climatefest: celebrating Local to Global Climate Action at WWU Performing Arts Center (PAC)

October 18, 2015 all day
Sunday, October 18thWWU Performing Arts Center - Mainstage Theatre10:30-12pm (Doors Open, Tabling, Action Stations and Story Booth)12-4pm (Speakers, Videos and Interactive Audience Activities)FREE TREATS @ Intermission4-5pm (Tabling) FREE admission - open to the publicCelebrating local to global climate action with speakers, interactive audience activities, music, and film. The event will be followed by "Climate Conversations" with the speakers located at various establishments around…See More
David MacLeod updated an event

Bellingham Repair Café at the old foundry

November 1, 2015 from 3pm to 6pm
Operation hours are the First Wednesday of each month from 6 PM to 9 PM and the First Sunday of each month from 3 PM to 6 PMThe Bellingham Repair Café is held at The Foundry ( 1515 N. Forest Street, Bellingham.The Bellingham Repair Café is a twice - a -…See More
David MacLeod updated an event

Northwest Mushroom Events at Bellingham & beyond

November 12, 2015 at 7pm to December 10, 2015 at 9pm
Meets 2nd Thursday spring & fallNorthwest Mushroom Club Meetings. also host Mushroom Show & Spring Campouts & Forays (Meetings in: April, May, June and Sept, Oct, Nov)7-pm-9pm B'ham Library – with great speakers! (Membership under $20 yr.)Our members contain scientists, mystics, & medicine makers! 2015:  April 9, May 14, June 11, Sept 10, Oct 8, Nov 12 Spring CampOut Events &…See More
David MacLeod updated an event

Horticulture Presentation with Birchwood Garden Club at Bellingham - Whatcom Museum

November 4, 2015 at 7pm to June 1, 2016 at 9pm
The Birchwood Garden Club- Members Meeting (open to guests) -Meets most 1st Weds of the month Sept-May.( No meetings in  June, July, August )7 pm - Whatcom Museum of History & Art.Monthly Presentation- check the website: garden tours during summer months - date & address mailed out to members!!)(Indoor Meetings in 2015: Jan 7, Feb 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, club tours June-Aug, Sept 2, Oct 7,…See More
David MacLeod updated an event

Whatcom County Voter Information Forums at Bellingham City Council Chambers

October 10, 2015 from 10am to 12pm
The Bellingham/Whatcom League of Women Voters and the City of Bellingham are hosting voter information forums on local candidates and measures. The Bellingham Herald is media sponsor of the events and encourages voters to attend.Charter propositions: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 10, Bellingham City Council Chambers, 210 Lottie St. Pro and con speakers for the proposed charter amendments will speak. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.Forums are telecast live on the City’s channel BTV10, available live at…See More
Josh Shupack commented on David MacLeod's event Bellingham Repair Café
"Wish I could have made it, hope to catch the next one!"


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