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Let's Change the Tune for Housing in Bellingham

Posted by Patricia Herlevi on January 17, 2017 at 4:16pm 0 Comments

Your $10 donation to my Go Fund Me campaign helps me to end a 2+ year housing journey and land in my own home. https://www.gofundme.com/patriciaherlevirelocation

Slow Sand Fresh Water Filter

Posted by David Culver on November 22, 2016 at 6:54pm 1 Comment

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 1 Comment

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.

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 twog@gmail.com 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: 2416 Broadway, Bellingham, WA 98225

Many, many thanks for your support!

 

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Transition Film Series

Provide your thoughts on what film TW should show next! Visit the group to add your comments.

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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)?

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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SOS: Sunday Scythe Social at The MacLeods

June 25, 2017 from 9am to 10am
SOS: The back section of our 1/2 acre urban yard got away from us, and we'd like a little help from our friends to get it back under control.We're hosting a Sunday Scythe Social. Please come if you're eager to "brush up" on your scything skills in community.Special guest Master Scyther Brian Kerkvliet will be on hand to share in the fun. He will bring 2 or 3 extra scythes.Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Feel free but not obligated to bring something to share.Please RSVP - call to get…See More
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David MacLeod added a discussion to the group Community Asks and Offers
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SOS: Scything on Sunday

FYI, we're hosting a "Sunday Scythe Social" on 6/25/17 to try to get the back part of our yard under control.More details here:http://transitionwhatcom.ning.com/events/sos-sunday-scythe-socialSee More
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SOS: Sunday Scythe Social at The MacLeods

June 25, 2017 from 9am to 10am
SOS: The back section of our 1/2 acre urban yard got away from us, and we'd like a little help from our friends to get it back under control.We're hosting a Sunday Scythe Social. Please come if you're eager to "brush up" on your scything skills in community.Special guest Master Scyther Brian Kerkvliet will be on hand to share in the fun. He will bring 2 or 3 extra scythes.Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Feel free but not obligated to bring something to share.Please RSVP - call to get…See More
Thursday
J. C. Walker,Jr. posted a video

Winter Blue Ocean Update 953

Arctic Sea Ice Collapse: Will we have an all–year blue ocean or ice–free Arctic Ocean in 2024–29? Or maybe already by 2021?
Jun 16
Virginia Cleaveland posted an event
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What's the Point: Beach exploration and low tide walk at Point Whitehorn at Point Whitehorn Marine Park

June 24, 2017 from 10am to 2pm
The community is invited to the annual What’s the Point beach exploration event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, at Point Whitehorn Marine Park, 6899 Koehn Rd, Blaine. The mid-day low tide is -3.1 feet at 12:05 p.m.RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/139319099952828/ During the event, naturalists familiar with intertidal creatures and seaweeds, birds, native plants, forest ecology, and local geology will…See More
Jun 16
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Reading the Landscape for Permaculture Design at Inspiration Farm

July 15, 2017 at 10am to July 16, 2017 at 4pm
 July 15th & 16th $175Learn skills to read and design your landscape. Pattern with it to create integrated systems of abundance and productivity! We will look at natural occurring features such as slope, aspect, existing trees, weeds, wildlife, drainage and soil profiles to design for human integration as a part of a regenerative ecosystem. We will explore strategies for resilient water, nutrient cycling, soil regeneration, food production, animal systems and more.Curriculum Includes:…See More
Jun 14
Virginia Cleaveland posted an event
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Orca Month event: “Two if by land, one if by sea: Oil transport threatens the Salish Sea” at Boulevard Park

June 25, 2017 from 12pm to 3pm
On Sunday, June 25, community members and environmental activists will gather at Boulevard Park in Bellingham for the free community event “Two if by land, one if by sea: Oil transport threatens the Salish Sea” to celebrate the endangered Southern Resident orca whale population and fight for their protection. The Orca Month event is hosted by local organizations RE Sources for Sustainable…See More
Jun 12
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Forum: “Fund the solutions, price the pollution: The future of climate policy in Washington state” at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

June 20, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy supporter organizations RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, Washington BlueGreen Alliance, Community to Community Development, and Washington Environmental Council are co-hosting a forum “Fund the solutions, price the pollution: The future of climate policy in Washington state” from 6:30 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St, Bellingham (…See More
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