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Transition Whatcom ARC Group (formally EDAP)


Transition Whatcom ARC Group (formally EDAP)

This is a group of people working to prepare Transition Whatcom Actions for Resilient Communities (TW ARC). Formally know as the Energy Descent Action Plan (EDAP).

Members: 32
Latest Activity: on Thursday

Discussion Forum

a possible way to get started again

Started by Emily Farrell. Last reply by Tris Shirley Jan 27, 2012. 3 Replies

I've been thinking about what kind of project the ARC could take on that would not be so huge and unanswerable as an entire descent plan. I've been thinking that it might be helpful to have a…Continue

Vision for ARC or EDAP?

Started by Monica Sjursen. Last reply by David MacLeod Aug 1, 2011. 5 Replies

Here is a speech in 4 parts by Dana Meadows, the mother of permaculture.  Very inspirational and made me re-think our direction with the ARC - or maybe there needs to be another arm sprouting out of…Continue

ARC Process

Started by Tris Shirley. Last reply by Tris Shirley Jul 10, 2011. 7 Replies

I had an action item from the May 9th meeting to write a draft a process for our Actions for Resilient Communities (ARC).  This is the result.The Transition Whatcom ARC (TWARC?) is proposed as an…Continue


Started by Travis Linds. Last reply by David MacLeod Jun 3, 2011. 7 Replies

Rob Hopkins summarizes the EDAP essence in the Transition Handbook.“If your mental picture of the final EDAP is community planning documents you have seen before, think again. Your EDAP should feel…Continue

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Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on Thursday
Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on Wednesday
Comment by Hank Kastner on Wednesday

I am interested if this effort develops. Methane is a bad story, but only part of a larger sad story. And energy limits are still knocking on the door in spite of conventional wisdom. There is more than enough here to grasp our interest.

No one in the County is addressing issues raised by an EDAP; someone should. That said, I know there is TW history with this that has sapped people's energy. If we proceed it should be realistically & deliberately, with actual resources in mind. But for (re)starters, it's worth one good F2F (face to face) discussion if we have at least a few people in the room. I'm there.

Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on Wednesday
Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on Wednesday

Now is the time for action in making an EDAP with a precise accounting for a climate driven by Methane. This is my motivation. Our youth deserve an attempt by TW to lay a frame work out for a worst case scenario. We are in the Anthropocene. It's time to focus and produce a plan.

Comment by Emily Farrell on Tuesday

Last winter, when I was working with the TWOG, I put together a map of how TW, together with our local community, might begin to put together a community vision/EDAP. One thing that was key was to begin by discovering and engaging with other organizations in Whatcom County who are already working on aspects of this visioning. Together we would develop goals for the process, and decide how to proceed. TW would play the role of coordinator, as well as working especially on the areas we already support - re-skilling, urban agriculture, permaculture, personal transition, education, etc. At the time there didn't seem to be any energy in TW to work on this. Perhaps that is changing.....?

Comment by Tris Shirley on Tuesday

Thanks for your interest in this C J.

I think any decision about the flexibility of the document medium (static or dynamic) would depend on the intended document lifespan, authorship, audience, and objective or desired effect on the audience.

For example, on the last go-around, we wanted a document that could remain relevant for decades (lifespan), would be authored by the general public (anybody with a useful skill),  that would be accessible to the general public (audience), and would provide valuable information supporting individual, family, and therefore community resilience.  In other words, the document would be there to assist just about anybody, whenever they finally decided to become more self reliant and/or more integrated with the Transition community. Clearly, we needed a dynamic document to meet those objectives.

So, in my opinion, the starting point for any new attempt at an EDAP like document would be to come up with new answers for those four key points: lifespan, authorship, audience, and objective.  What are your thoughts?

Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on December 13, 2014 at 10:57pm

The distinction, as I understood it, was the dynamic document would be updatable and the static one would be words committed to paper, so to speak. I'm not aware of any document having been created to date, and at this point something would be better than nothing. I asked the question to the group as to whether peak oil or climate change would be the priority issue of concern going forward. I think climate is driving the rate of change, making this document a vital consideration, and hence my opting for the lowball static version. I drew a map of Whatcom County with dispersed resources to be considered. I envisioned using the Nooksack for transportation East to West. I had hope bio diesel would be derived from plant debris and small stations set up for the movement of food. Using Maslow hierarchy of needs might provide a good check list to get the conversation going (again), and maybe an emphasis on content could be stressed this go round.

Comment by Tris Shirley on December 10, 2014 at 2:55pm


What the workgroup wanted to do (back in 2011!) has been done by others at .  But in the meanwhile, I've started thinking there might be some other useful, EDAP-related work to be done locally.  Could you please remind me of the distinction between static and dynamic EDAPs?  What did you have in mind?

Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on December 10, 2014 at 8:51am

Anyone feel inclined to form a "static" EDAP until the "dynamic" one is finalized? Ideally including all of Whatcom. 


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