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Community Resience starts with Seeds

Posted by Terri Wilde on March 21, 2022 at 3:03pm 0 Comments

Salish Seeds .....Local Community Seed Project

The Salish Seed Guild has started a remarkable project toward local food security. We are collectively growing out useful seed for home gardeners that are selected for and adapting to Whatcom County.  We knew at the beginning of the pandemic that it was well time to take our community's sustainability seriously. While we had been organizing Bellingham's community seed swap for years, much of the seed shared was last year's left overs from…

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Interview with Larry Korn, Author of One Straw Revolutionary - May 2016

Posted by David Pike on January 18, 2020 at 5:18pm 0 Comments



An Interview with Larry Korn, Author of One-Straw Revolutionary

May 4th 2016

By: David Pike



Since The One-Straw Revolution was published in 1978 it has been translated into more than 25 languages and sold over one million copies worldwide. In “One-Straw” as the book has been dubbed, Mr. Masanobu Fukuoka presented an entirely new approach to agriculture which he called “natural farming.” After 25 years of research and trials he demonstrated he could achieve yields…

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Ten Weeks In

Posted by Rick Dubrow on September 22, 2017 at 4:07pm 0 Comments

Succession came to pass on July 1st, ten weeks ago. A-1 Builders, Inc. is now A-1 Builders, A Design/Build, Worker-Owned Cooperative!  My former employees are now my bosses! For the time being I’m helping the new team deal with marketing on a part time basis; my hours worked per week since July 1st has been on the order of working 1/4 hour a week!  Can’t really call this ‘part time’; I think I’ll call it ‘microscopic time’.

Perhaps in other…

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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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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 resource scarcity);
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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Film: The Magnitude of All Things at St. James Presbyterian Church

September 24, 2022 from 9:30am to 12:30pm
As part of Climate Action Week: On Saturday, September 24th MNCJ, St. James Presbyterian Church and Stillpoint at Beckside will host the Magnitude of All Things.  RSVP to attend in person at St. James Presbyterian Church, 910 14th Street, Bellingham click here.Attend via zoom - request the registration link …See More
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Forward - Sustainability Group Meeting - All are welcome! at Cornwall Park, South Picnic Shelter

August 14, 2022 from 4pm to 6pm
Our next Forward meeting will be Sunday August 14th from 4-6pm at the *South* Picnic Shelter at Cornwall Park - we have previously met at the North Picnic Shelter, but we're moving to the South Picnic Shelter, which is near the parking area for the Cornwall Ave entrance.All are welcome! We will enjoy a meal together and spend time in reflection and discussion. Here’s the agenda:- 4:00-4:40: Potluck- 4:40-5:00: Welcome, Announcements- 5:00-6:00: Climate Action/Group Support DiscussionIf you plan…See More
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Forward - Sustainability Group Meeting - All are welcome! at Cornwall Park, South Picnic Shelter

August 14, 2022 from 4pm to 6pm
Our next Forward meeting will be Sunday August 14th from 4-6pm at the *South* Picnic Shelter at Cornwall Park - we have previously met at the North Picnic Shelter, but we're moving to the South Picnic Shelter, which is near the parking area for the Cornwall Ave entrance.All are welcome! We will enjoy a meal together and spend time in reflection and discussion. Here’s the agenda:- 4:00-4:40: Potluck- 4:40-5:00: Welcome, Announcements- 5:00-6:00: Climate Action/Group Support DiscussionIf you plan…See More
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In extremis: The world at the edge of a cliff

The Russia-Ukraine conflict saw a major escalation this week. With the world economy on the brink, we’re in for a disquieting autumn.

What you need to know about the energy crisis

Prices by themselves are not helpful in understanding why the energy crisis has emerged and how it is likely to develop. Richard Heinberg gives an overview that emphasizes systemic causal connections and feedbacks.

A climate love story

Let’s explore the disconnect between the dream scenario of all the energy we need from renewables vs. what happens to the ecosystem if we keep the party at full bore.

The Power Podcast Episode 1: Introduction to Power

If we want to address this problem and reduce the chances of a chaotic collapse of society, we will have to confront our overuse and abuse of power.

Why Manchin’s side deal or “permitting reform” must be blocked

The mainstream narrative is that the IRA (Inflation Reduction Act) is a big step toward addressing the climate crisis while the side deal is a step backwards, but we may not be able to stop it. I disagree. The giveaways to the fossil fuel and nuclear industries in the IRA make it most likely a net negative for the environment.

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