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Bike Bellingham is the 2011 local event has launched a 2011 project set for 9/24/2011, called "Moving Planet" with a website at In Bellingham, a project has risen up called "Bike Bellingham" which will feature family friendly bike rides from ten city schools that will converge at the Bellingham City Hall flag plaza for a climate rally/info fair from noon to 2 pm. There will also be an advanced ride from the plaza to the proposed Cherry Point Coal terminal leaving at 2 pm. If you would like more information, go to I will be posting additional information here as I learn more. However, there is a need for volunteers to help the day of the event, with pre-event postering canvassing for sponsors.

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Bill McKibben Wants to Give Obama One of Jimmy Carter's Solar Panels

Started by Rob Olason Sep 7, 2010. 0 Replies

Michelle planted a vegetable garden on the White House lawn and suddenly backyard gardens sprang up all across America. Bill McKibben wants to give Barack one of Jimmy Carter's old solar panels to…Continue

A Message from Bill McKibben

Started by Stephanie Davis Jun 28, 2010. 0 Replies

Dear friends,We're writing to everyone on the United States mailing list because it's crunch time.We learned earlier today that President Obama…Continue

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Comment by Rob Olason on September 7, 2010 at 8:39pm
As Stephanie has posted, things are happening fast with our event. We want to plant food bearing trees in school gardens. We want to transport those trees via pedal power with bike cargo trailers and we want to make a bunch of noise so the rest of Bellingham and Whatcom County hear about this activity!

I had the crazy idea of starting at City Hall, and involving the mayor--maybe even have the mayor agree to pedal a cargo trailer laden with perennials to a planting site. Today we got the word that we can start this project in front of City Hall, and the mayor will not only join us, he is going to help peddle some of the trees to one of the planting sites!

I've put out the request for 20 bikers with cargo trailers to join in on this activity, and we have three so far: myself, Joseph and the Mayor of Bellingham!

We need some more folks with bike trailers who can help make this happen. Imagine how much fun this will be! October 10 in Bellingham? You know the weather will be great!

Just bring your bike, a bike trailer and some rain gear. You'll be glad you did, and we will have a fantastic event, and people all over Bellingham will thank us decades from now, for the wonderful food they will eat from the trees and bushes we plant on 10-10-10.
Comment by Stephanie Davis on September 7, 2010 at 6:36pm
Rob, Great job on getting the Mayor on board and securing City Hall for the starting point of this event. I'll send the word out to my groups and try to recruit more bikes with trailers for deliveries and work parties.

Tristan, thanks for the go ahead on the poster - Laura from the Co-op said no problem posting the donation poster at both of their locations and I submitted a donation request to them as well. I thought maybe we could post one at Resources if Rob can clear that. Any other ideas where to post it?

I still would like to follow up with the idea of a banner at the Peace Arch in Blaine. I'll do some research tonight on transition groups over the border.

See you all Friday at Bloom!
Comment by Rob Olason on August 27, 2010 at 8:14pm
Help us organize the Whatcom County 10-10-10 events! We are meeting every Friday afternoon at 2:30 pm at Bloom Restaurant on Cornwall Ave. in downtown Bellingham. We have several great projects we are planning, but there is always room for your project!
Comment by Rob Olason on August 18, 2010 at 10:10am
Our 10-10-10 group will meet this Friday (8/20) at the Bloom restaurant on Cornwall Ave. at 2:30 pm. A number of group members can meet then and anyone else who is free at that time who would like to attend is most welcome! We are less than 2 months from 10-10-10!
Comment by Laura J Sellens on August 18, 2010 at 9:45am
Not any more. Sorry to muddy the waters about Thursday, I must not be on the email list, didn't realize about Friday. I can just catch up with this group next time if you're on for Friday. Cheers
Comment by Laura J Sellens on August 17, 2010 at 8:36pm
Thursday would work for me, what time, Kate?
Comment by Kate Clark on August 17, 2010 at 7:57pm
Let me know if you meet on Thursday afternoon - I could make it after work.
Comment by Stephanie Davis on August 17, 2010 at 12:25pm
I can make it Thursday or Friday afternoon.
Comment by Laura J Sellens on August 17, 2010 at 1:19am
Well Stephanie, if you haven't yet Doodled, you haven't yet fully lived. Just joking, it's a way to find out when everyone can meet. Pretty cool. I can meet Wed. early afternoon, Thurs or Fri this week and then not for a while. Anybody interested?

Rob, I posted about my bike-power generator on the Heart and Soul Group Discussion "what are you doing? What's working?" if you're curious.

Also, I concur about Trees for the Future. I found out about them at the Unleashing, did some homework and gave them some money to plant trees on degraded hillsides in Haiti. They use agroforestry principles, meeting many needs of the community with the tree selections they make. The main point I remember from the book, 'Collapse' by Jared Diamond is that the societies that came back from the brink of collapse to thrive again were the ones that re-prioritized their trees and soil, and the tropics is where we have the greatest opportunity to sequester carbon in fast growing trees while improving the quality of lives of destitute people. Whoops, where did that soap-box come from? Pardon me. But I really like that group.
Comment by Heather K on August 13, 2010 at 10:03pm
Hi Rob, great to hear you'll pursue seeking a non-profit partnership!

Something else I've been thinking of: I recall learning that planting trees in the tropics can create more carbon sequestration than planting in the temperate zone (where we live)...
Sometimes I wonder if cash-flush countries/citizens putting their dollars towards tree planting in the tropic zones would have a greater effect than the same in our own temperate zones.
An organization that I've supported in the past, that does educational & tree planting projects in the tropical zones, is Trees for a Future:
TW member iMa K was hired to work for them, and last I heard she moved to CA.

Planting trees & preserving trees is a high priority ....the worldly & monitary details related to obtaining sponsorship from non-profit organizations can be very useful; I don't want my having brought the non-profit topic up to slow down any momentum for doing the actual work of tree planting, wherever there are people willing to plant & care for trees, both locally & in the tropics.

Thanks Rob & All for what you each are doing to vision & create a better future. “Locally & Globally - Thinking & Acting”

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