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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…


Culturally Induced Madness

Posted by Rick Dubrow on May 4, 2015 at 5:04pm 0 Comments

When I was born in 1951 new homes averaged about 300 square feet per person.  Compare this to about 900 square feet per person in 2003… a tripling in size in just 50 years. With this super-sizing comes the inherent fact that our homes generate more pollution and global warming gases than our cars! Our homes demand more energy consumption (12.2 barrels per person per year) than the food we eat (10 barrels per year) and the cars we drive (9 barrels per year).

No wonder…


Chicks-Red Layers

Posted by Rosette on April 23, 2015 at 8:59pm 0 Comments

My daughters and I hatched out 26 chicks in our old-fashioned turn it yourself incubator.

We live on a city lot and need to sell them before the neighbors find out :-)!

These are a Rhode Island Red/Leghorn cross, so as one buyer said, "They will lay out the wazzoo"

Hatched date April 7

Straight Run

$3 each…


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.

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Many, many thanks for your support!


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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)?

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)

Latest Activity

Josh Eastlund is now a member of Transition Whatcom
2 hours ago
Patricia Herlevi commented on David MacLeod's group Community Asks and Offers
"I have two stainless steel pots that I burned using an induction burner. They could still work for potting plants or some other use. If you could find a reuse for these pots, contact me 671-0176 before August 31st. I don't want to pack them…"
David MacLeod commented on David MacLeod's event Help "fine-tune" the Bellingham Comprehensive Plan
"Note that in a recent public meeting in Port Townsend, community resilience was voted as a top priority. From the Transition US Newsletter: "Following a visit by Transition trainer Tina Clarke, hosted by Port Townsend's Transition…"
David MacLeod posted an event

Help "fine-tune" the Bellingham Comprehensive Plan at Old City Hall

September 15, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm
Community members are invited to join Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville, the Planning Commission, City Council and City staff for an open house on September 15 to help "fine-tune" our adopted Comprehensive Plan. The open house will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15, at Old City Hall (121 Prospect Street, 2nd floor, Rotunda Room).This open house is one of several opportunities for the community to help identify potential updates, refinements and additions to the plan, a 20-year vision…See More
Brian Kerkvliet is attending David MacLeod's event

An Evening with Toby Hemenway at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (BUF)

September 14, 2015 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
FREE EVENT, sponsored by Transition Whatcom and Inspiration Farm:An Evening with Toby HemenwaySeptember 14th6:30pm at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St.6:30 PM: Book sale7PM – Presentation8:15 Q&A8:30 Book signing Join us for inspirational examples of ecological design in cities and towns across…See More
David MacLeod updated an event

An Evening with Toby Hemenway at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (BUF)

September 14, 2015 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
FREE EVENT, sponsored by Transition Whatcom and Inspiration Farm:An Evening with Toby HemenwaySeptember 14th6:30pm at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St.6:30 PM: Book sale7PM – Presentation8:15 Q&A8:30 Book signing Join us for inspirational examples of ecological design in cities and towns across…See More
Karl Meyer posted an event

Hootenanny to Benefit the Co-op’s Farm Fund at Boundary Bay Brewery Beer Garden

September 6, 2015 from 6pm to 9:30pm
Co-op Farm Fund Hootenanny BenefitThe Hootenanny is back by popular request. Join the fun and support local farms! The Community Food Co-op is happy to co-sponsor this lively, fun community event with Sustainable Connections as part of Eat Local Month.Sunday, Sept. 6 (Labor Day weekend)Boundary Bay Brewery Beer Garden6 p.m.: Doors open6:30–7:30 p.m.: Square dance with caller John Hatten and “The Great Big Taters,” an ensemble of some of Bellingham’s best old-timey musicians. Join in or enjoy…See More
Jason "Jay" Darling's event was featured

Secrets to Crafting Your Ideal Life: the What, Why, and How at Community Food Coop Connections Building

August 25, 2015 from 7pm to 9pm
Are you struggling with the same old challenges? Are you trying to create new possibilities in your life? Are you wanting to clarify your values, life purpose and vision for the next chapter of your life?Do you absolutely love your life, but want to take it to the next level?Its time to bust out and break through!Do you live in Western Washington or Southern British Columbia? Alan Seid and Jay Darling invite you to join us for an in-person evening of:    •    Clarifying Your Life Purpose    •  …See More
Aug 24


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