Transition Whatcom

Who We Are

Welcome to Transition Whatcom! This website is a social networking community that facilitates communication among folks within Whatcom County who are interested in learning about or implementing the Transition model locally.

TheTransition approach empowers communities to squarely face the challenges of peak oil and climate change, and to unleash the collective genius of their own people 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 Whatcom is not only a Transition Initiative, but we also aim to be a hub to encourage, foster and support the emergence of new Transition Initiatives on a smaller, more localized scale, thoughout Whatcom County. Imagine Transition Ferndale, Transition Laurel, Transition Goshen, Transition Foothills, Transition York Neighborhood, Transition Sehome, etc., all working together to power down for a brighter future. Let us know if you're interested in being involved in a Transition Initiative in your neighborhood!

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.

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