Transition Berkeley is part of a growing international network of Transition initiatives.
We're joining cities around the world to face the enormous challenges of economic instability, climate change and fossil fuel dependency. Transition Berkeley is proud to become the 110th U.S. Initiative.
The Transition approach will help Berkeley to envision and create a future with more locally produced food and other necessities, cleaner forms of transportation and energy. Along the way, we'll build a more equitable and vibrant local economy and re-learn practical skills our grandparents once had.
Join us and discover just how powerful the collective genius can be when people work together!
On January 17th the citizens of Berkeley came together to reclaim the commons and to celebrate Berkeley's beautiful post office building. "The garden will bring new community connection ... in the downtown area and public involvement will also help to protect the Berkeley Post Office and post offices all over the country from sale and privatization. Community organizations and individuals have been working collaboratively to keep this beautiful and historic resource as a post office for public use. Right now we have had some success as there is no identified buyer and we are waiting to see what will happen in March with the city lawsuit against the United States Postal Service and how things will develop with the zoning overlay passed by the Berkeley City Council in 2014 to keep it zoned for public use." -Community Organizer, Carol Wolfley
Work on the garden will continue and your help is welcome. We have designated Saturdays at noon is the garden support day so stop by to lend a hand.
For more info visit the Facebook Community First they came for the homeless.
Saturday, January 24
Au Coquelet Cafe
2000 University Avenue, 11am - noon
A Transition Cafe is a gathering of people at a local independent cafe to share ideas and experiences. Topics may include housing, community and food, the Transition/permaculture connection, activism, reconciliation, morality and the environment, religion, and storytelling.
Everyone is invited to join and some guidelines are:
Thursday, February 5, 2015, 7pm - 9pm
BFUU's Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar St (at Bonita Ave) in Berkeley
For more information about the event: Carole Bennett-Simmons
The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.
We hear from a chorus of voices from six continents including Samdhong Rinpoche, the Prime Minister of Tibet's government in exile, Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten and Zac Goldsmith. They tell us that climate change and peak oil give us little choice: we need to localize, to bring the economy home. The good news is that as we move in this direction we will begin not only to heal the earth but also to restore our own sense of well-being. The Economics of Happiness restores our faith in humanity and challenges us to believe that it is possible to build a better world.
Click here to read what others are saying about the film.
Saturday, February 7, 2015, 12pm - 3pm
Frank Ozawa Plaza, 12th St. BART, Oakland
On February 7th, thousands of Californians from across the state are gathering in Governor Jerry Brown’s longtime home of Oakland to say that we need real climate leadership in the face of the drought.
The Berkeley Climate Action Coalition formed to help bring Berkeley's Climate Action Plan from vision to reality (see Berkeley's progress here.) Through four Working Groups, many exciting plans are underway! We invite you to participate in the Coalition and connect with others addressing climate change. Learn more about the Coalition, Working Groups and upcoming meetings. Info: click here
Working Group Meetings
Transportation: Contact: Sandra Hamlat
Landuse/Community Gardens: Contact: Shawna McCarroll
Community Choice Energy Contact: Erica Etelsen
Water: Contact: Matt Freiberg
Creativity, Community, Skill-sharing with other folks working to build more resilient communities, these are Transition values that are being spread by two local groups. You can tap into the fun by visiting their websites and attending their events.
Ever want to learn how to make sourdough bread, or a didgeridoo? Perhaps you would like to brush up on your Spanish while making salsa, or practice Qigong in a group. Villagecraft is the place to find a smorgasbord of "learn by doing" activities and meet others who share your interests. Anyone is invited to submit and teach a short class and Villagecraft will connect you with students through their website.
Go to villagecraft.org to find out about their 1st Anniversary Party, on November 22nd. Come hang out, meet fabulous people, and hear about opportunities to learn and connect.
The East Bay Permaculture Guild is a dynamic group focused on practicing permaculture principles every day. Guild meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month at PLACE, which is located at 1121 64th Street, Oakland, CA.
Check the website eastbaypermacultureguild.weebly.com to find out What's Happening in East Bay Permaculture.
Neonicotinoids in the nursery industry have been making news lately. A possible link between the use of this insecticide and honey bee die-offs has led to some controversy. We asked Bay-Friendly Qualified Professional Alisa Rose Seidlitz to share some background on this issue of neonicotinoids and nursery plants. Read her entire article on the Bay Friendly Blog to learn what Alisa Rose found in her research.
The article is chock full of valuable information on how Neonicotinoids work, the current studies linking these pesticides to bee population declines and steps we can take to bring back the bees. Alisa Rose has also included a list of bee-attracting plants, resources for obtaining these plants, and links to products containing neonicotinoids.