Apr 272011
 

Lots going on:

Transition Whatcom
A message to all members of Transition Whatcom

Events and Recommended Readings

(A Peak Oil Update) from David MacLeod

Transition Whatcom Sponsored Events

April 26, Tuesday

Transition Ferndale Movie Night Presents: THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MONTSANTO

April 26, 2011 from 6pm to 9pm – Whatcom Educational Credit Union -Ferndale A very important documentary at the time we face peak everything. This corporate goliath is one of the forces we face as we try to transition. From the poisons they sell to be spread far and wide,… Organized by peggy borgens | Type: potluck, and, movie

April 29, Friday

Food Forest workshop at Wild Thyme Farm

April 29, 2011 at 7pm to May 1, 2011 at 3pm – Wild Thyme Farm in Oakville WA Food production and ecology come together in the permaculture concept of a food forest. Using nature as our template, these intentional ecosystems offer an abundance of food, medicine, habitat, and s… Organized by Marisha Auerbach, Kelda Miller. Sponsored by Transition Whatcom | Type: permaculture, workshop, reskilling, educational, gardening, transition, restoration

April 30, Saturday

Transition Cafe!

April 30, 2011 from 6pm to 9pm – Public Market in downtown Bellingham Gather with Transition Whatcom folks to discuss our Transition efforts, ideas, visions, hopes, concerns, etc. An evening of informal conversation and sharing. Stay as long as you like. Organized by David Marshak | Type: cafe, conversations

May 2, Monday

Energy Descent Action Plan (EDAP) Meeting #6

May 2, 2011 from 6pm to 8:30pm – Travis’ House Please join us for our EDAP Preparation Meeting. ANYONE WELCOME! WE encourage people to drop in and see what we are doing and see if they can get involved. 6:00 – 6:30 pm – social period 6:30 – 8:3… Organized by Travis Linds | Type: meeting

May 7, Saturday

The Economics of Happiness- Special Film Showing

May 7, 2011 from 3pm to 4:30pm – The Pickford Film Center

The May Transition Whatcom Spring Event kicks off with a special showing of the magnificent film, “The Economics of Happiness”, on Saturday May 7th at 3:00PM at the new Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St, Bellingham, WA 98225. The films message of localization and the growing efforts to create a more resilient and self reliant future speaks to the heart of the Transition Town movement. It’s a great way to spread the word about Transition, so make sure you invite your friends!

“A powerful new film that cuts deeply to the heart of the global crisis. Magnificent!” – David Suzuki

May 7th at 3:00PM at the new Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay…Organized by warren miller | Type: film, showing

May 13, Friday

Place Making Workshop with Michael Cook of Portland’s City Repair

May 13, 2011 from 10am to 4pm – Bellingham Food Bank Garden Michael Cook of Portland’s City Repair and Transition Whatcom are hosting this workshop on Placemaking. What is Placemaking, you say? From City Repair’s website (cityrepair.org) placemaking is a proc… Organized by Paul Kearsley | Type: workshop

May 14, Saturday

Transition Whatcom – 350 Home & Garden Challenge!

May 14, 2011 to May 15, 2011 – Several – To be announced We’ve received several great proposals, and will announce results later this week! Thanks for all proposals submitted! Transition US National Home and Garden Challenge is taking shape for the weekend…Organized by TWog | Type: community, event, and, celebration

Other Community Events on the TW Calendar

April 26, Tuesday

Plastics Pollution Reduction Month

April 12, 2011 at 6pm to April 30, 2011 at 7pm – The Sustainable Living Center and throughout The City of Bellingham Plastics Pollution Reduction Month April 2011, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities and Bag It Bellingham are hosting a series of fun, alternative events which show you how you can re-use waste c… Organized by Hannah Coughlin | Type: event, series

April 27, Wednesday

Bellingham & the Cherry Point Coal and Dry Commodities Terminal

April 27, 2011 from 11:15am to 2:30pm – Northwood Hall Our April Program will explore the pros and cons of the proposed development of a large pier and cargo terminal at Cherry Point. A four person panel will share their views of the project: Bob Watters… Organized by Bellingham City Club | Type: panel, discussion, community, meeting/forum

Common Threads Farm Site Work Days

April 27, 2011 at 3pm to June 15, 2011 at 5pm – Bobbibrook Farm, Fairhaven Join us every Wednesday from 3-5pm at our urban farm site in Happy Valley where we run seed-to-table programs for kids. There is plenty of work to get done as we prepare for our best season yet, and… Organized by Tessa M Bundy | Type: work party

April 28, Thursday

SB Roving Garden Party – 4/28 – Fairhaven – 6pm

April 28, 2011 from 6pm to 9pm – Fairhaven SB Roving Garden Party – 4/28 – Fairhaven – 6pmJoin Sustainable Bellingham’s 3rd annual Roving Garden Party series, where volunteers help their neighbors create an edible garden. These fun events con… Organized by Sustainable Bellingham | Type: work, party, shared, meal, garden

April 30, Saturday
Spring Fever! Whatcom Plant Sales & Swaps!

April 30, 2011 at 9am to June 6, 2011 at 3pm – B’ham & County Spring Fever! Plant Sales & Swaps! Listing of local sales. Choose your favorites & mark your calendar. Click ‘follow’ to receive updates or join Earth Gardens network- http://transitionwhat… Organized by volunteers & neighbors | Type: plant, sales, &, seed/plant, swaps

RE Sources’ Sustainable Garden Series

April 30, 2011 from 9am to 1pm – The Sustainable Living Center Learn how to make your world more sustainable from the ground up through our series of garden-based classes and workshops. The six-part series will cover a variety of sustainable gardening technique… Organized by Hannah Coughlin | Type: educational, series

Using Raised Beds for Growing Food

April 30, 2011 from 10am to 12pm – Sonlight Community Church / North City Community Garden This event will begin with a brief lecture describing the benefits of using raised beds in your garden as well as good methods and techniques for building them. It will then conclude with an on-the-…Organized by Dave Timmer | Type: informational, event

April 30, Saturday

Beltane Celebration & Ritual
April 30, 2011 from 7pm to 10pm – Presence Studio Beltane Saturday April 30, 2011 7:00pm -10:00pm At Presence Studio 1412 Cornwall Street Adults: $5 suggested donation, children 12 and under are free. Celebration & Ritual Light the Fires of Ab… Organized by Ashley Tula Benem | Type: celebration, fundraiser.

May 1, Sunday

Plant Sale at Fairhaven Middle School!

May 1, 2011 from 12:30pm to 3pm – Fairhaven Middle School – Lower Soccer Field May Day plant sale (May 1st) at Fairhaven Middle School in the lower parking lot from 12:30 – 3pm. All proceeds from the event will benefit the school garden. There will be both ornamentals and edi… Organized by Deanna Lloyd | Type: plant, sale, fundraiser..

Encore Presentation “Bag It” – The Movie

May 1, 2011 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm – Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship Join us for an encore presentation of the award winning film “BAG IT – Is Your Life Too Plastic?”. Presented by the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship’s Green Sanctuary Program. Brooks Anderson from Ba… Organized by BUF Green Sanctuary Program | Type: film.

May 4, Wednesday
Horticulture Presentation with Birchwood Garden Club

May 4, 2011 at 7pm to December 7, 2011 at 9pm – Bellingham – Whatcom Museum The Birchwood Garden Club – Members Meeting (open to guests) – 7 pm – Whatcom Museum of History & Art. Monthly Presentation- check the website: http://www.birchwoodgardenclub.org/ Meets most 1s… Organized by members of Birchwood Garden Club | Type: presentation, &, meeting

The Coal Hard Truth Forum

May 4, 2011 from 7pm to 10pm – Bellingham Public Library Big Coal wants to ship millions of tons of coal per year through Cherry Point Terminal in Bellingham to Asia — spewing toxic coal dust, putting our safety at risk, clogging our railroads and ports,… Organized by Coal-Free Washington | Type: panel, discussion, informational, event.

May 5, Thursday

SB Roving Garden Party

May 5, 2011 from 6pm to 9pm – Bellingham SB Roving Garden Party – Location TBDJoin Sustainable Bellingham’s 3rd annual Roving Garden Party series, where volunteers help their neighbors create an edible garden. These fun events consist of ap… Organized by Sustainable Bellingham | Type: work, party, shared, meal, garden You have not responded.

May 7, Saturday

Landscape “Waste” Basketry Workshop

May 7, 2011 from 1pm to 5pm – Hinkle house Bring your mother for this Mother’s day celebration event and share special time working with gifts from Mother Nature! This workshop will use tree prunings, ornamental plant trimmings, and other ur…Organized by Irene Hinkle | Type: reskilling, workshop, basketmaking, mothersdayYou have not responded.

The Economics of Happiness- Special Film Showing

May 7, 2011 from 3pm to 4:30pm – The Pickford Film Center The May Transition Whatcom Spring Event kicks off with a special showing of the magnificent film, “The Economics of Happiness”, on Saturday May 7th at 3:00PM at the new Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay…Organized by warren miller | Type: film, showing

Recommended Reading: A Peak Oil Update by David MacLeod
Interesting news lately on the ‘Peak Oil’ front.  Tom Whipple has been writing a column called “The Peak Oil Crisis” for several years now.  His latest article looks at how peak oil is “Killing Off the Recovery.”  A good article, but most notable is his reporting that the International Monetary Fund has finally acknowledged peak oil (without calling it that): “in a ground-breaking statement last week, the IMF says oil has entered “a period of increased scarcity,” which “arises from continued tension between rapid growth in oil demand in emerging market economies and the downshift in oil supply trend growth.” As some observers have noted, this statement sounds a lot like a description of peak oil.”

I also found a 16 minute audio broadcast from Australia’s “ABC” news to be worth listening to.  Called “Peak Oil Just Around the Corner,” its got short interviews with three experts from varied backgrounds.  Chris Skrewbowski, a former oil analyst from BP, Jeremy Leggett, who lead a UK Industry task force on peak oil, and Fatih Birol, the chief economist for the International Energy Agency.  Officials like Birol are usually supposed to give optimistic statements, so it’s a bit startling to hear Birol tell it like it is, giving a rather gloomy outlook and telling us the age of cheap oil is over.

Finally, a new documentary covering peak oil was recently shown on CNBC, called “Sprawling from Grace: Driven to Madness.”  It seems like kind of an updated version of the 2004 classic, “The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American….”  This piece at Energy Bulletin has links to YouTube (edited) versions of both of these movies.  Worth watching if you haven’t yet seen any of the classic Peak Oil documentaries.

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